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The Turn of the Screw 

A governess put in charge of two young children begins to see the ghost of her dead predecessor.


John Frankenheimer


James Costigan (adaptation), James Costigan | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Ingrid Bergman ... Governess
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. Grose
Laurinda Barrett Laurinda Barrett ... Miss Jessel
Hayward Morse ... Miles
Paul Stevens ... Peter Quint
Alexandra Wager Alexandra Wager ... Flora


A governess put in charge of two young children begins to see the ghost of her dead predecessor.

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Comedy | Drama | Musical







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20 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Eerie and Chilling
3 August 2005 | by MandyjamSee all my reviews

The book "Turn of the Screw" is quite a masterpiece. It employs a technique quite common at the time of putting a story within a story. It goes like this-

"OK, I'm going to tell you what She told me happened and then you can tell me what you think REALLY happened!"

The story involves a young woman who is hired by a gentleman as a governess for two children who live at a country house. The circumstances are all very strange. There are overtones of Jane Eyre .... but the story takes a very different turn. This is a ghost story .... or is it a ghost story? The reader is left to decide.

On reading the book, my family and neighbours all argued vehemently about how the story was to be interpreted. It created nearly as much speculation and discord as Picnic at Hanging Rock was to do a generation later.

Then we saw the movie and it started all over again. "There you are!" says Al "it's there in black and white! The director agreed with MY interpretation!" "No!" says Vi, "It's perfectly obvious, that it proves my opinion!" Nell said "Can't you see now that I'm correct?!" and Dot said "Your all mad... it WAS a ghost story!" "No" said the baby, putting in its tuppence worth, "She done it!"

The thing that is so impressive about this movie is that it miraculously retains the ambiguity that makes the book so fascinating.

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