Recently widowed Sandra Demarest arrives at the isolated home of her late husband for his wake, but his uncle will not allow her to view the corpse.


Peter Godfrey


Catherine Turney (screenplay), Marjorie Carleton (novel)





Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Mark Caldwell
Barbara Stanwyck ... Sandra Marshall
Geraldine Brooks ... Julie Demarest
Richard Basehart ... James Demarest
Jerome Cowan ... Senator Caldwell
John Ridgely ... Jackson Laidell
Patricia Barry ... Angela (as Patricia White)
Rory Mallinson ... Becket
Helene Thimig ... Marta (as Helen Thimig)
Paul Stanton ... Davenport
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Roberts - Groom


Sandra Demarest arrives at the Caldwell estate, and announces to Mark Caldwell that she was secretly married to his nephew James, who recently died. Mark does not believe her, but allows her to remain at the manor while a search is made for a missing will that would prove her claim. Sandra befriends James' sister, Julie, who tells of strange noises and agonized screams from the laboratory wing of the estate. Between verbal duels with Mark, Sandra secretly investigates the lab and learns that ominous things really are happening. Written by Mike Rogers <>

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The howl in the night is the voice of danger.


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Although she was older than both Errol Flynn and Geraldine Brooks, Barbara Stanwyck outlived both of them, passing away at age 82 in 1990. Both Flynn and Brooks would pass away in their early 50's from heart attacks, Flynn at age 50 in 1959 and Brooks at age 51 in 1977. See more »


When Sandra is fleeing from Jim Caldwell, she ends up on a balcony in front of an exterior double glass door with the interior room curtains being loose and fully covering the double glass door. But on the reverse shot when she breaks through the glass door, the curtains are now completely tied up and only partially covering the double glass door. See more »


Mark Caldwell: I don't know what plans you have in that devious feminine mind of yours, but if you're trying to enlist Julie's sympathy, don't do it.
Sandra Marshall: And if i ignore your advice?
Mark Caldwell: I shall kick you out!
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Referenced in Law & Order: Cry Wolf (2004) See more »

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Solid suspense in black and white and with Barbara Stanwyck!
19 October 2011 | by Hesse-02See all my reviews

Recently viewed this on TCM and was captivated. What was going to happen? Why was Barbara Stanwyck sneaking about? Where was her husband? What had happened??

Errol Flynn also stars, and he was good. Don't usually see him in many suspense films that I remember.

Barbara S. was amazing as usual. Believable - and wouldn't want to mess with her - but she's met her match with Flynn.

I thought a very good plot from which I have seen picked up in several other more recent movies. A solid "8" from this reviewer. I think you'll be entertained.

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19 August 1947 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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