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Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | TV Movie 24 November 1973
A sculptor hires young college girls to take care of his elderly mother and his supposedly insane sister, both of whom live in the old family mansion with him.

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Gordon Hessler
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ted Bessell ... Jeffrey Elliot
Sian Barbara Allen ... Peggy Johns
Bette Davis ... Mrs. Elliott
Charles Drake ... George Thornton
Allan Arbus ... Dr. Eugene Saks
Jessica Rains Jessica Rains ... Girl in Office
Christiane Schmidtmer ... Jennifer Elliot
Johnnie Collins III Johnnie Collins III ... Student
Tovah Feldshuh ... Agnes Thornton
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A sculptor hires young college girls to take care of his elderly mother and his supposedly insane sister, both of whom live in the old family mansion with him.

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Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'ombra di Jennifer See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Great Performances and Atmsophere Make the Film
9 October 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Scream Pretty Peggy (1973)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Famous sculptor Jeffrey Elliot (Ted Bessell) hires college student Peggy (Sian Barbara Allen) to take care of the house work, which includes looking after his elderly mother (Bette Davis). Soon Peggy learns about Jeffrey's sister who is locked up in an attack after suffering a mental breakdown years earlier.

SCREAM PRETTY PEGGY is a decent made-for-television film that benefits greatly from three very good performances and some nice direction by Gordon Hessler. The film manages to build up a rather creepy atmosphere but there are some issues that prevent it from being much better. I will get that issue out of the way and it's the screenplay by Jimmy Sangster and Arthur Hoffe. The film borrows from a couple other more famous movies and this here takes away any major suspense with the twist that you'll see coming from a mile away.

Still, if you enjoy these made-for-television movies then this one here is certainly worth watching. The three leads are certainly what keep the film so entertaining and especially Allen who is extremely good in her role. She really does come across as a somewhat naive college student who isn't quite smart enough to know she should be getting the hell away from this house and the family. Bessell is also very good in his role and the great Bette Davis always knows how to steal a scene.

Director Hessler was very familiar with the horror genre and he does a nice job here by building up some great atmosphere and bringing a Gothic feel to the material. I thought there were some creepy scenes dealing with the sister and this stuff makes the picture worth sitting through.


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