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Psyche 59 (1964)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 29 April 1964 (USA)
In London, the pregnant wife of an industrialist falls down the stairs, loses her sight and has no recollection of the events but suspects that a mentally traumatic experience prior to the fall caused her accident.

Director:

Alexander Singer

Writers:

Françoise des Ligneris (novel), Julian Zimet (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Curd Jürgens ... Eric Crawford (as Curt Jurgens)
Patricia Neal ... Allison Crawford
Samantha Eggar ... Robin
Ian Bannen ... Paul
Beatrix Lehmann ... Mrs. Crawford
Elspeth March ... Mme. Valadier
Gladys Spencer Gladys Spencer ... Sales Assistant
Peter Porteous Peter Porteous ... Man on Beach
Michael McStay Michael McStay ... Man on Beach
Sandra Leo Sandra Leo ... Susan
Shelley Crowhurst Shelley Crowhurst ... Jean
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Alison Crawford lives a comfortable life with her husband Eric and their two children. Alison is blind and she knows that her illness is not physical but psychosomatic. She had a fall at their second home and woke up unable to see. She has no recollection of losing consciousness or what may have happened immediately prior to that. Her vivacious younger sister Robin accompanies her to their country home where they are soon joined by Eric and a family friend, Paul. Eric and Robin had long ago had a fling but she was quite young at the time and he settled on the older Alison. As memories return to her, Alison recalls what is she saw the night she went blind. Written by garykmcd

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Pure young love - or just plain sin See more »

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Verlangen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Originally announced as Dana Wynter vehicle (link=nm0623658] role). See more »

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Well done performance again by Neal...
22 January 2011 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

I am admittedly biased after seeing her in "The Subject Was Roses", an incredible achievement by Patricia Neal. That being said, this film "Psyche 59" deals with Neal and her seemingly caring husband Curd Jurgens (always believable as middle-aged man, malcontent).

The story starts with Neal in her comfortable London town home, where she is blind due to a tragic accident five years earlier. Her sister Robin (Samantha Eggar) comes to stay with her, which for some reason annoys Jergens. We see the reason clearly as the film unwraps, Eggar's personality as she flirts with her sister's husband. It is rather hard to believe the storyline here that Robin (Eggar) is 17 in this film, as she looks to be about 30 in real life, and manner.

If you can suspend the disbelief a bit (Eggar becomes shrill and annoying at the end, attempting to gain attention from Curt Jurgens).

They stay at the grandmother's country estate for a beach vacation, and the grandmother is , as another reviewer mentioned, rather an extraneous character and its puzzling as to why she has been included in the film, even.

Overall though while the story moves slowly at some points, keep watching for Patricia Neal. She saves the storyline and makes the film well worth your time. Recommended.


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