Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)




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Kim Stanley plays a crooked medium who has become slightly unhinged since the death of her son. Craving money and publicity, she concocts a scheme with her weak-willed husband (Richard Attenborough). The pair will kidnap a wealthy young girl, collect the ransom, then use her "powers" to help the parents locate the child. The scheme falls apart, but not in the way that anyone might expect. Adapted by director Bryan Forbes from a novel by Mark McShane, Seance on a Wet Afternoon is a compelling psychological melodrama made doubly powerful by Stanley's mesmerizing performance. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Kim Stanley
as Myra Savage
Richard Attenborough
as Billy Savage
Nanette Newman
as Mrs. Clayton
Margaret Lacey
as Woman at first Seance
Patrick Magee
as Supt. Walsh
Maria Kazan
as Woman at first Seance
Mark Eden
as Charles Clayton
Lionel Gamlin
as Man at Seances
Marian Spencer
as Mrs. Wintry
Judith Donner
as Amanda Clayton
Gerald Sim
as Sgt. Beedle
Arnold Bell
as Mr. Weaver
Maggie McGrath
as Woman at 2nd Seance
Frank Singuineau
as Bus Conductor
Michael Scott Lees
as Plainclothes Policeman
Hajni Biro
as Maid at Clayton's
Marie Burke
as Woman at first Seance
Ronald Hines
as Policeman at Clayton's
Godfrey James
as Clayton's Chauffeur
Diana Lambert
as Clayton's Secretary
John Lees
as Plain Clothes Policeman
Stanley Morgan
as Man in Trilby
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Critic Reviews for Séance on a Wet Afternoon

All Critics (13)

If one says that the best things about Séance on a Wet Afternoon are the performances of Kim Stanley and Richard Attenborough and Bryan Forbes' script, this is not to decry Forbes' direction. In fact he does an excellent job.

Full Review… | February 16, 2016
Monthly Film Bulletin

Creepy but engrossing Hitchcock-like suspense story.

Full Review… | October 26, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Highly effective psychological thriller, with a stunning star turn from Kim Stanley.

Full Review… | July 24, 2015

Kim Stanley received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for playing a disturbed medium who conspires a kidnap in Bryan Forbes' erie and suspensuful tale.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011

Riveting thriller about a kidnapping that goes wrong

October 28, 2005
Film Journal International

The undertakings are as spooky as the title; Kim Hunter shines; and the theme song haunts your mind.

March 18, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Audience Reviews for Séance on a Wet Afternoon


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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This movie has both an interesting story and interesting characters. If you like psychological thrillers, you'll like this movie. I really liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

decent mid-60's suspense thriller starring richard attenborough, who kidnaps a child to please his delusional wife, played by kim stanley. primarily a stage actress, stanley made only a handful of films and this is worth seeing for the fine performances.

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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