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Jimmy Sangster (screenplay) and
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29 November 1972 (USA) See more »
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Stefanie Powers stars as an American girl who goes to the south of France to do her thesis research on a recently deceased composer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Decent movie, but very unkindly cut See more (14 total) »


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Stefanie Powers ... Susan Roberts

James Olson ... Georges Ryman / Jacques Ryman

Margaretta Scott ... Danielle Ryman

Jane Lapotaire ... Lillianne

Joss Ackland ... Carter
Kirsten Lindholm ... Catherine (as Kirsten Betts)

Directed by
Alan Gibson 
Writing credits
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay) and
Alfred Shaughnessy (screenplay)

Alfred Shaughnessy  from an original screenplay by &
Michael Reeves  from an original screenplay by (uncredited) &
Michael Reeves  idea (uncredited)

Produced by
Michael Carreras .... producer
Original Music by
Malcolm Williamson 
Cinematography by
Paul Beeson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Chris Barnes 
Art Direction by
Scott MacGregor 
Makeup Department
Ivy Emmerton .... hairdresser
Stella Morris .... make up
Production Management
Hugh Harlow .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Martin .... assistant director
Art Department
Ron Baker .... property buyer
Arthur Banks .... construction manager
Freda Pearson .... set dresser
Don Picton .... assistant art director
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Len Abbott .... dubbing mixer
Claude Hitchcock .... sound mixer
Roy Hyde .... sound editor
A.W. Lumkin .... recording supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
John Winbolt .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Breed .... wardrobe (as Jackie Breed)
Music Department
Tubby Hayes .... musician: solo saxophone
Clive Lithgoe .... musician: solo piano
London Symphony Orchestra .... music played by (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Philip Martell .... conductor
Other crew
Lilian Lee .... continuity
Sally Pardo .... production secretary (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Крещендо" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Ölüm satosu" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Concierto inacabado" - Spain
"Crescendo - Die Handschrift des Satans" - West Germany
"Crescendo... con terrore" - Italy
"De misvormde Mannequin" - Netherlands (informal literal title)
"Ena ptoma stin pisina" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Het Lijk in 't Zwembad" - Netherlands (imdb display title)
"Le mannequin defiguré" - France
"Num Crescendo de Violência" - Brazil (imdb display title)
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96 min | USA:83 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:M | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | UK:X (original rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (f)

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Originally planned to be Michael Reeves's next project after Witchfinder General (1968).See more »
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Decent movie, but very unkindly cut, 26 August 2009
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

Although Britain's Hammer Films is mostly known for their Gothic horrors (Frankenstein, Dracula, etc.), they also had a long series of "psycho" movies from "Scream of Fear" in 1962 to "Straight On 'til Morning" in 1973, which were in many ways even better (they definitely were by the 1970's) than their Gothics. This movie came fairly late in the cycle and perhaps isn't the best, but it is pretty decent. The story, as another reviewer said, is definitely "unusual". It isn't necessarily good and it isn't remotely believable, but it is certainly unusual. An American nurse (Stefanie Powers)comes to a secluded English mansion to care for the invalid adult son of a famous deceased composer. Right away she knows something is amiss. The sultry maid (Jane LaPortare)seems to have the guy addicted to drugs (and sex with her) and is using them to cruelly manipulate him. And SOMEBODY keeps playing the dead composer's music. . .The end is pretty absurd, but fun--and definitely surprising.

I had one big problem with this though. Apparently, they originally filmed this with some nude scenes by Stefanie Powers. Americans of a certain age will definitely remember Powers from the early 80's TV series "Hart to Hart" where she and Robert Wagner played husband-and-wife detectives. As Lionel Stander (who played the couple's butler "Max") said of her every week in the opening narration of the show: "She's GORGEOUS!!"-- which had to be the biggest understatement in the history of television. Anyway, some sick, depraved person seemed to have cut out her alleged nude scenes in the version I saw. Maybe some horny projectionist clipped them out and took them home for his, personal, um, use, but more likely it was someone trying to "protect society" (from what, God only knows). LaPortare (who is attractive, but a mere mortal compared to Powers) also seems to have received some unkind cuts, but she does have a brief nude swimming scene.

I don't mean to go on about this. It's still a worthwhile movie, but WHY must people do stuff like this?!

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