Scream, Pretty Peggy

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Scream, Pretty Peggy
Written by Jimmy Sangster
Arthur Hoffe
Directed by Gordon Hessler
Starring Bette Davis
Ted Bessell
Sian Barbara Allen
Music by Bob Prince
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Lou Morheim
Editor(s) Larry Strong
Cinematography Leonard J. South
Running time 74 minutes
Production company(s) Universal Television
Original channel ABC
Original release November 24, 1973 (1973-11-24)

Scream, Pretty Peggy is a 1973 made-for-television film starring Bette Davis, Ted Bessell and Sian Barbara Allen, directed by Gordon Hessler with a teleplay written by Jimmy Sangster and Arthur Hoffe. It was broadcast as the ABC Movie of the Week on November 24, 1973.

The film was shot on location at the old Noah Dietrich estate above the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California.[1]


Peggy is a college student and aspiring artist who works as a housekeeper in the mansion of mysterious recluse Mrs. Elliott and her oddball sculptor son Jeffrey. She becomes suspicious when George Thornton comes to the house looking for his missing daughter, who once worked in the position she now holds, and even more so when she learns Jeffrey's sister, whom she was led to believe was on an extended European vacation, actually is mentally deranged and living in the apartment above the garage. Undaunted by warnings from her employer, Peggy is determined to befriend the girl, a decision that leads to a lot of mysterious doings and a Psycho-inspired climax.

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  1. ^ Mother Goddam by Whitney Stine, with a running commentary by Bette Davis, Hawthorn Books, 1974, pg. 336 (ISBN 0-8015-5184-6)

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