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
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(uncredited)(Traditional nursery rhyme)
[The tune is heard being whistled immediately before and after Jennifer rides the elevator] See more »
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.
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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