Kim Stanley (Best Actress Oscar nomination) 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

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Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

Drama/Crime/Suspense/Thriller

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Kim Stanley (Best Actress Oscar nomination) 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

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Cast
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Kim Stanley

Myra Savage
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Margaret Lacey

Woman at First Seance
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Marie Burke

Woman at First Seance
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Maria Kazan

Woman at First Seance
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Lionel Gamlin

Man at Seances
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Marian Spencer

Mrs. Wintry
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Richard Attenborough

Billy Savage
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Godfrey James

Mrs. Clayton's Chauffeur
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Judith Donner

Amanda Clayton
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Ronald Hines

Policeman Outside Clayton's
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Hajni Biro

Maid at Clayton's
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Mark Eden

Charles Clayton
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Nanette Newman

Mrs. Clayton
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Diana Lambert

Sheila - Mr. Clayton's Secretary
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Frank Singuineau

Bus Conductor
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Gerald Sim

Detective Sergeant Beedle
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Stanley Morgan

Man in Trilby
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Maggie Rennie

Woman at Second Seance (as Margaret McGrath)
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Michael Lees

Plain Clothes Policeman
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Patrick Magee

Superintendent Walsh
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Arnold Bell

Mr. Weaver (uncredited)
Crew
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Bryan Forbes

Director
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Bryan Forbes

Writer
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Mark McShane

Writer
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Séance on a Wet Afternoon

(DVD)

9/24/2002

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