Directed by Alfred L
is not a bad little film, but it is never going to be one of my own
personal favourites. Perhaps because it contains more of the elements
of a thriller than a horror—just not dark enough for my tastes, I
guess. At the beginning of the film a young woman named Janet
Stewart walks into a hotel and enquires about the room she has booked.
Unfortunately there has been a problem with the booking and the hotel
is fully booked, leaving no room for Janet. The poor girl gets quite
distressed on hearing this, because she is meant to meet her husband,
Paul, there. She has not seen him for four years, the last two of which
he spent as a prisoner of war and, for some time, Janet had believed
him to be dead.
In the end a kindly hotelier manages to find a room for Janet and her
husband, who has not arrived yet, but they must vacate it by noon the
Once Janet is settled in the hotel room, and waiting for Paul, there is
a rather surreal and, I thought, totally pointless dream sequence where
Janet is rushing towards a closed door, and trying to reach Paul. The
door keeps getting further away from her though, and when she does
finally manage to reach it the doorknob is nearly as big as her head.
It is a strange scene and just doesn't seem to fit into the film very
Janet wakes up a little later and goes to the window, where she
witnesses an argument in the room opposite her own. The argument gets
out of hand and the man murders his wife with a candle stick.
When Paul finally arrives at the hotel, some time later, he finds Janet
sitting on the settee in their room and in a state of wide-eyed shock.
The hotel doctor is called and recommends that a psychiatrist takes a
look at Janet. Fortunately there is one staying in the hotel, Dr Cross
(Vincent Price). Of course, when the Doctor walks into the hotel room
it is none other than the wife-murderer himself - minus his candlestick
naturally, and it doesn't take Cross long to figure out what it is that
has sent the young lady into shock. It takes him even less time to
convince Paul that his wife needs to have constant care - at his
hospital, out in the country.
Croft's mistress also works at the hospital. She is fully aware of what
has happened and is truly his partner in crime. Together they try and
convince Janet who recognizes Croft as the murder, that she did not see
what she thought she did. When this fails they then try to convince her
and everyone else that she is mad. As the police start closing in on
the not so good doctor, though, he fears that there is only one option
left to him. He must give Janet Insulin Shock Treatment and plans to
administer an accidental overdose on the last session.
... Dr. Richard Cross
... Elaine Jordan
... Lt. Paul Stewart
... Janet Stewart
... Dr. Stevens
... Mrs. Hatfield
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr.
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