A very unlikely Clint Eastwood vehicle is a southern gothic involving Clint as a wounded Civil War soldier finding refuge in an all girls school. The story that unfolds involves sex, jealousy, torture, incest and murder. Clint is the main character, but the story more revolves around the women and girls at the school, to which Clint serves as a catalyst for a number of issues simmering below the surface. Geraldine Page plays the headmistress, Elizabeth Hartman plays an impressionable young woman, and Jo Ann Harris plays a more advanced and seductive girl at the school. Directed by Don Siegel, the film has a dreamlike quality that I don't recall in any other Siegel film. This film actually reminded me quite a lot of Peter Weir's "Picnic at Hanging Rock," which was make four years later. There is a find score by Lalo Schifrin and nice photography by Bruce Surtees. I consider this film an Siegel and Eastwood classic that isn't properly recognized.