Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)


“What we are doing is a means to an end. Now you agree with the end, don’t you? Well then you must agree with the means! You can’t have one without the other” – Myra

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A medium and her husband come up with a scheme to become famous and wealthy by kidnapping a young girl and then using her powers to help the police find the missing child.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had never heard o before coming across it during my quest to watch all films with Oscar nominated performances.

The premise is great and allows for them to do so much with the story.

The performances by Kim Stanley and Richard Attenborough are what makes this film so gripping to watch.

They both give excellent performances and allow us to get a clear understanding of who their characters are and why they do all that they do here.

The story itself plays out really well and we get to see why all of the characters act as they do since they are developed really well along the way.

The chemistry between Stanley and Attenborough works so well here and we get to know so much about their personalities by the interactions that they have with one another and with the little girl that they have abducted.

Stanley was deservingly nominated or an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here and proved how much range she has as an actress with the way that her character acts throughout the course of the film.

The plot remains suspenseful throughout and things are enhanced even more by the fact that we get to see most of this story solely from the perspective of this couple.

Bottom Line – Great premise that works really well largely due to the performances of Stanley and Attenborough. The story plays out really well and we get to see why they chose the path that they take which helps develop these characters so much. The chemistry between this couple is excellent throughout the film and the way that they each interact with the young girl also says so much about their personalities. Stanly was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in this film because her character has so much range throughout the film. The story is quite suspenseful and the fact that we get the perspective of this couple makes things even more entertaining to watch unfold. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Bryan Forbes looked for the house with the turret as a film location. When he went to the owner for permission, she asked who was in the movie. When told that an American actress named Kim Stanley, the woman blanched, stepped back, and said that Stanley was one of her oldest friends whom she had not seen in seventeen years. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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One thought on “Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

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