German film poster
|Directed by||Alan Gibson|
|Produced by||Michael Carreras|
|Written by||Alfred Shaughnessy
|Music by||Malcolm Williamson|
|Hammer Film Productions|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.-Seven Arts (USA)|
|Running time||95 min.|
Drawn to the spectacular south of France to research the late composer Henry Ryman, music student Susan Roberts (Stefanie Powers) encounters his son, drug-addicted Georges (James Olson) and his eccentric family. Investigating the haunting strains of an unfinished Ryman concerto leads Susan to discover an empty piano… and a brutally savaged mannequin! Georges tells her she’s the lookalike of his lost love. But Susan may not be the only one at the villa with an eerie doppelgänger.
- Stefanie Powers ... Susan Roberts
- James Olson ... Georges / Jacques
- Margaretta Scott ... Danielle Ryman
- Jane Lapotaire ... Lillianne
- Joss Ackland ... Carter
- Kirsten Lindholm ... Catherine
Alfred Shaughnessy wrote the script in the mid 60s. In 1966 Michael Reeves approached Hammer with the script. James Carreras tried to make it for two years with Joan Crawford but could not get the finance. In 1969 the project was reactivated, with Jimmy Sangster hired to rewrite the script and Alan Gibson to direct.
The film was released in the United States theatrically in the fall of 1972. In American theaters, it was paired with the Hammer vampire film Dracula A.D. 1972 starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.
Its performance at the box office was disappointing.
- David Hanks Crescendo at Eofftv 2009 accessed 14 April 2014
- Marcus Hearn, The Hammer Vault, Titan Books, 2011 p117
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