Lila Green is an insecure and aging showgirl for Madame Olga's stage shows. When her boyfriend, Rick, runs off with the show's money, Madame Olga and Ronny let Lila go. Lila goes to stay ... See full summary »
Franklin J. Schaffner
Alex Forrester, convicted of murdering his wife, fails to gain his release after spending 5 years in a British asylum for the criminally insane. Dr. Mark Fleming informs him of an old law which provides for the reopening of a trial if the prisoner escapes and remains at large for 14 days. Forrester escapes and takes refuge in the home of Molly Thomas, who claims that she is awaiting the return of her husband from a trip to The Hague. Molly tells him of her unhappy marriage, and the two become attracted to each other. In the evening, Forrester discovers a man's body by the mill wheel of Molly's house. After stumbling down a flight of steps, he regains consciousness and finds that the body is missing.Written by
Watch it if you are familiar with Alfred Hitchcock works or Ittefaq film versions...
Signpost to Murder (1964) shows how far a story can go and give other minds and viewers a range of perspective of what an accused can be and what an accusation lead to. Starting with the suit-the- bill performance of the Joanne Woodward as Molly Thomas, Stuart Whitman as Alex Forrester & Edward Mulhare as Dr. Mark Fleming, I each has done their needed so nothing there.
Now coming to the plot and the execution, I believe such a story needs more maze runs than simple yet obscure endings to be intriguing and adrenaline because of the genre it falls under. The story of the film comes from the play by Monte Doyle of same name, which tells the tale of (Stuart) A man on a run from law after escaping a criminal asylum finds refuge, love, connection and betrayal in the house of a woman (Molly) who has her own ulterior plans to execute.And, how a night of run and chase and lies and personas come out revealing.
At last, this is a brief review, i had the chance of watching this film and as usual, being a suspense and murder mystery kind of cult thriller, let it keep it this way.
Also, later, this film and the source play, got another adaptation in the forms of-
1) A Gujarati play titled Dhummas
2) Ittefaq(coincidence) (1969) directed by Yash Chopra starring Rajesh Khanna