The Failing of Raymond
|The Failing of Raymond|
|Written by||Adrian Spies|
|Directed by||Boris Sagal|
|Music by||Pat Williams|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Editor(s)||John Kaufman, Jr.|
|Running time||73 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Universal Television|
|Original release||November 27, 1971|
The Failing of Raymond is a 1971 American made-for-television psychological thriller film starring Jane Wyman (in her television film debut), Dean Stockwell, Dana Andrews, Paul Henreid and Murray Hamilton. It aired as the ABC Movie of the Week on November 27, 1971.
Raymond is a deranged young man who escapes from a psychiatric hospital with a plot to exact revenge on his former teacher, whom he believes unjustly failed him on a high school exam 10 years earlier. From the moment he failed the exam, Raymond's life began a downward spiral for which he blames the teacher, Mrs. Mary Bloomquist.
As Raymond stalks Mary on the eve of her retirement, the authorities are trying to find him, but they have no idea where he is going. In spite of the voices is his head and a maladjusted personality, Raymond does not seem especially threatening. Nonetheless, Raymond's instability becomes clear when he traps Mary at her school while she is packing her belongings. He then forces Mary to give him the same test he took 10 years earlier and as he is about to tighten a garotte around her neck, she apologizes for failing him, not on the exam, but as a teacher. With that, she offers to teach him the material he missed on the exam, and he drops the garotte to sit at one of the school desks. Mary tells Raymond that she will teach him at the psychiatric hospital and she also decides that she will not retire from teaching.
- Jane Wyman as Mary Bloomquist
- Dean Stockwell as Raymond
- Dana Andrews as Allan McDonald
- Paul Henreid as Dr. Abel
- Murray Hamilton as Sergeant Manzak
- Tim O'Connor as Cliff Roeder
- Priscilla Pointer as History teacher
- Mary Jackson as Latin Teacher
- Adrienne Marden as Librarian
- Katey Sagal as Girl Patient (credited as "Catherine Louise Sagal")
- "TV Listings for November 27, 1971". TV Tango. Retrieved 7 January 2014.