A young couple who are into kinky "mind games" get more than they bargained for when a mysterious woman comes into their lives.


Curtis Harrington


Gene R. Kearney (screenplay) (as Gene Kearney), Curtis Harrington (story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Simone Signoret ... Lisa Schindler
James Caan ... Paul Montgomery
Katharine Ross ... Jennifer Montgomery
Don Stroud ... Norman
Kent Smith ... Harry Gordon
Estelle Winwood ... Miss Beattie
Marjorie Bennett ... Nora
Ian Wolfe ... Dr. Edwards
Anthony Eustrel ... Winthrop
Eloise Hardt Eloise Hardt ... Celia
George Furth ... Terry
Peter Brocco ... Count
William O'Connell ... Party Guest
Ena Hartman Ena Hartman ... Party Guest
Joanne Medley Joanne Medley ... Party Guest


A young hip New York couple, Jennifer and Paul Montgomery, love to play games. Jennifer is a wealthy heiress and inherited their New York brownstone from her mother. Paul, for his part, likes to spend her money and indulges his interests in modern art. They hold frequent parties and play their games. Into their lives appears Lisa Schindler, a door-to-door saleswoman. They decide to play one of their practical jokes on the grocery delivery man, Norman, where a supposedly jealous Paul accuses him of making advances to Jennifer. He shoots him twice - with blanks - and everyone has a laugh, but the third shot kills him. In the days following his death, Jennifer begins to hear noises in the house and seeing shadowy figures at the end of dark hallways. Is it all a game? Written by garykmcd

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This featured the same organ music as The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966). See more »


When Jennifer Montgomery Katharine Ross is traveling up in the lift with the candle stick, a spot can be seen to be being used to simulate light thrown by the candles. See more »


Paul Montgomery: You had her practically out of her mind. I think that's carrying those games you play a little too far.
Lisa Schindler: Mr. Montgomery, last night I was not playing a game.
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Features The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) See more »


London Bridge Is Falling Down
(uncredited)(Traditional nursery rhyme)
[The tune is heard being whistled immediately before and after Jennifer rides the elevator]
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A mysterious woman interrupts the mindless game-playing of an idle young Manhattan couple, and introduces the duo to some more exciting and dangerous games that culminate in murder.
14 September 2000 | by verna55See all my reviews

Stylish, offbeat American variation on the classic French thriller DIABOLIQUE, which also featured Simone Signoret in the lead. Signoret is equally effective here, and a young James Caan and Katharine Ross are also impressive as the bewildered young couple whose seemingly mindless game-playing takes a deadly turn for the worse when the mystical Signoret enters their lives. Director Curtis Harrington(who also had a hand in the script) has added some exciting and effective new touches to this first-rate suspense tale.

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Release Date:

October 1967 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Games See more »


Box Office


$450,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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