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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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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:
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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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Worth A Look At !, 13 May 2008
Author: misterfarkyharse from United Kingdom

This is one of those films that rarely gets a good review. In fact it's been pretty much forgotten! It probably isn't one of Hammer's greatest achievements but it is by no means one of the worst. There are some rather uneventful scenes but I think they add to the suspense. The photography is very effective in places and the setting is quite haunting in a picturesque kind of way. The music which obviously is a major part of the story also adds to the more sinister scenes. The best performance comes from the seductive and eccentric maid, Lilliane (played by Jane Lapotaire) and Joss Ackland also puts in a fine performance as Carter (the butler/minder). It is not available on DVD and probably never will be, so if it's ever shown on TV it's certainly worth a look at.

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