The trickster Madam Blanche Tyler lures the elder millionaire Julia Rainbird who believes she is a spiritualist. After a séance, she discovers that Julia is tormented by her past, when she forced her sister and single mother Harriet to deliver her baby for adoption to avoid a family scandal. Julia promises the small fortune of ten thousand-dollars to Blanche if she finds her nephew and heir of her fortune using her phony powers. Blanche asks her boyfriend George Lumley, who is an unemployed actor working as cab driver, to investigate the whereabouts of Julia's nephew. Meanwhile, the greedy jeweler and collector Arthur Adamson kidnaps wealthy people with his girlfriend Fran to increase his collection of diamonds with the ransom. When George concludes that Arthur Adamson might be the heir of Julia Rainbird, the reckless Blanche gets in trouble with the kidnappers.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fran's gun is a Colt Model 1903 Hammerless .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol. See more »
When Blanche and George finally crash coming down the mountain, the car ends up on its side. Coming down the mountain at high speeds, there were several instances when George hit the guardrail hard enough to damage the metal or, at least, scrape the paint off the side of the car. Yet, when the car comes to rest, there is no damage to the car. See more »
When a guy like me gets kidnapped by a woman, he wants her to be twenty-five.
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The Universal logo does not appear anywhere on this film. See more »
"Family Plot" is remembered only for being Hitchcock's last film. The ending to his successful career could be have been more honorable. "Family Plot" is merely a light entertainment movie - nothing more, nothing less. But it works as that. The plot is enjoyable to follow and the members of the cast (especially William Devane) do a creditable job. But remember that the director was no longer at his peak, so don't expect anything in the lines of his masterpieces, like "Vertigo" or "Psycho". And John Williams' barely memorable score pales in comparison with Bernard Herrmann's masterful accomplishments.
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