When her older sister Jacqueline disappears, Mary Gibson is forced to leave her private school and decides to travel to New York City to look for her. A bit naive and out of her depth, she is not quite sure how to go about finding her. Eventually she meets Gregory Ward, her sister's husband and a mysterious psychiatrist, Dr. Louis Judd who claims to know of Jacqueline's whereabouts. What she doesn't realize is that her sister became involved with devil worshipers who now want to eliminate her for having revealed their existence.
Did You Know?
The original story for the film (outlined by DeWitt Bodeen
) was to be about an orphaned heroine caught in a web of murder against a background of the Signal Hills oil wells. If she didn't find out the killer's identity in time, she would become his seventh victim. Producer Val Lewton
wanted the story to go in a different direction and called in a second writer to help reshape it. See more
Despite stating multiple times throughout the film (and being the entire driving force of the film) that she has no money, Mary has enough money to stay in a hotel and travel throughout the city. Where did it come from? See more
No, that room made her happy in some strange way I couldn't understand. She lived in a world of her own fancy. She didn't always tell the truth. In fact, I'm afraid she didn't know what the truth was.
[title after starting credits] I runne to death, and death meets me as fast, and all my pleasures are like yesterday. Holy sonnet #VII Jonne Donne See more
Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 39, No. 15
Composed by Johannes Brahms
[The pianist is playing the piece when Jason, Mary and Gregory arrive at the party to speak to Louis] See more