Seance on a Wet Afternoon

1964, Mystery & thriller, 1h 55m

17 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Working-class British housewife Myra Savage (Kim Stanley) reinvents herself as a medium, holding seances in the sitting room of her home with the hidden assistance of her under-employed, asthmatic husband, Billy (Richard Attenborough). In an attempt to enhance her credibility as a psychic, Myra hatches an elaborate, ill-conceived plot to kidnap a wealthy couple's young daughter (Judith Donner) so that she can then help the police "find" the missing girl.

Cast & Crew

Kim Stanley
Myra Savage
Patrick Magee
Superintendent Walsh
Mark Eden
Charles Clayton
Nanette Newman
Mrs. Clayton
Judith Donner
Amanda Clayton
Gerald Sim
Detective Sergeant Beedle
Margaret Lacey
Woman at First Seance
Maria Kazan
Woman at First Seance
Lionel Gamlin
Man at Seances
Ronald Hines
Policeman Outside Clayton's
Hajni Biro
Maid at Clayton's
Godfrey James
Mrs. Clayton's Chauffeur
Arnold Bell
Mr. Weaver (uncredited)
Stanley Morgan
Man in Trilby
Michael Lees
Plain Clothes Policeman
Maggie Rennie
Woman at Second Seance
Frank Singuineau
Bus Conductor
Bryan Forbes
Screenwriter
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  • Mar 12, 2014
    Another hidden gem. The whole scheme makes this story run very very well. It is always a good sign when you hope that the bad guys get away with their evil plot.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2013
    "Séance on a Wet Afternoon" is a low-budget psychological thriller that deals with a dominating medium, her asthmatic husband and her plot to kidnap a wealthy couple's child in order to make her famous. The best reasoning I can think of it to give it a watch is the performances of Kim Stanley and Richard Attenborough, who are both just terrific in their roles. (Attenborough actually outdoes Stanley, whose performance garnered her an Oscar nomination.) Other than that, it's a pretty much by-the-numbers thriller.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2012
    A powerhouse, a haunted house, of a psychological thriller as a curious London couple plan and execute the kidnapping of a wealthy family's daughter. Stanley and Attenborough deliver pitch perfect performances as the couple with an ugly past.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2011
    Kim Stanley is a wild cat capable of driving any sanity standard out of its boundaries! Flawless performances and an eerie cinematography elegantly decorate this dark-toned, top-notch thriller exceptionally written and perfectly adapted from an unknown novel. Underrated British gem of 1964. 98/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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