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Night Watch (1973)

Ellen Wheeler, a rich woman, is recovering from a nervous breakdown with the help of her husband and a good friend. One day, while staring out the window, she witnesses a murder. But does ... See full summary »

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Brian G. Hutton

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Lucille Fletcher (play), Tony Williamson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Ellen Wheeler
Laurence Harvey ... John Wheeler
Billie Whitelaw ... Sarah Cooke
Robert Lang ... Appleby
Tony Britton Tony Britton ... Tony
Bill Dean ... Inspector Walker
Michael Danvers-Walker Michael Danvers-Walker ... Sergeant Norris
Rosario Serrano Rosario Serrano ... Dolores
Pauline Jameson ... Secretary
Linda Hayden ... Girl in Car
Kevin Colson Kevin Colson ... Carl
Laon Maybanke Laon Maybanke ... Florist
David Jackson David Jackson ... Wilson
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Ellen Wheeler, a rich woman, is recovering from a nervous breakdown with the help of her husband and a good friend. One day, while staring out the window, she witnesses a murder. But does anybody believe her? Written by Humberto Amador

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Once her nightmare begins...the terror never ends! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite dos Mil Olhos See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayswater, London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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During the production of the movie, Laurence Harvey received a hit in the face whilst he briefly fought against his wife Paulene Stone. And the consequence was a black eye for him, about which he was scared that prevents him to continue the shooting of the movie and then being sued for contract breaking. But, at the same time, Liz Taylor was herself very sick, the production stopped, so Harvey was eventually saved by this unexpected event. See more »

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Inspector Walker: When did you plant these trees, Mr. Appleby?
Appleby: Odd question. Last night. Best time to plant is after a rainstorm. The leaves are cool, soil is saturated, the enzymes are active. I planted them just after you left.
Inspector Walker: You knew we were here?
Appleby: Oh, yes. I wondered what was going on. Do you know anything about trees, Inspector?
Inspector Walker: No, as a matter of fact I don't.
Appleby: These are the Burham Abdumai. Graph hybrid. Produces the colors of two species. Extraordinary.
Inspector Walker: Do you often stay up all night, Mr. Appleby?
Appleby: Yes. ...
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The Girl Who Cried Wolf
18 March 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Elizabeth Taylor reunites with her Butterfield 8 co-star Laurence Harvey in Night Watch one of her only if not the only venture for her in the horror genre. It also has a bit of Hitchcockian tension in it as well.

In this film Taylor and Harvey are a married couple who have settled down in a very posh part of London. Harvey is her second husband, the first died in an automobile crash with his young mistress.

Soon after moving where they are Taylor spots strange goings on like dead bodies at the place next door. But every time the police in the person of Inspector Bill Dean is called there's no evidence of anything. A lot like Doris Day in Midnight Lace.

Both her husband and best friend Billie Whitelaw try to support Taylor, but it's no avail, she just gets worse and more hysterical and the police are just getting more and more fed up.

The film has certain parallels to Midnight Lace and also to Gaslight. But don't think you've guessed an ending even with those clues.

As so many aging Hollywood actresses of the 60s and 70s went into these kinds of films, some did more than others. Apparently Taylor was only satisfied to dip an ankle into this pool.

Apparently Harvey was desperately ill with the cancer that killed him and he does look gaunt. There is a revealing rear shot in a shower and I'm betting that is not Harvey's bare backside. He does look gaunt. He had an operation that took a lot of intestine out of him and production was stopped mid way according to the Citadel Film series book on the Films of Elizabeth Taylor.

The next door neighbor Robert Lang has a role in all of this. If you think you know what will happen in Night Watch, believe me you don't.


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