I Saw What You Did (1965)

82 mins | Drama | July 1965

Director:

William Castle

Producer:

William Castle

Cinematographer:

Joseph Biroc

Editor:

Edwin H. Bryant

Production Designers:

Alexander Golitzen, Walter M. Simonds

Production Company:

Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

The 8 Jul 1964 DV announced that producer-director William Castle was currently preparing Out of the Dark, based on the soon-to-be-released novel, Out of the Dark, by Ursula (Reilly) Curtiss. The 5 Aug 1964 Var explained that Castle had purchased rights to the novel prior to its anticipated Sep 1964 publication.
       The 9 Jul 1964 DV reported a title change to In Case of Emergency, and stated that the feature would be co-produced by Universal Pictures. William McGivern was adapting the screenplay, and Merrie Spaeth and Tippy Walker were in talks to play the teenaged leads. The 5 Aug 1964 Var noted another title change to In Case of Murder, and announced that filming was expected to begin in mid-Oct 1964 at Universal Studios in Universal City, CA.
       According to the 16 Sep 1964 Var, Castle was unable to secure Spaeth and Walker for the principal roles, and casting difficulties had caused production delays on the picture, now titled I Saw What You Did. Castle was said to be considering Pamela Franklin for one of the teen characters, and was searching for an adult actress “like Greer Garson” for the adult lead. On 23 Sep 1964, DV announced that Joan Crawford had been cast in a lead role.
       An18 Sep 1964 DV production chart and the 25 Sep 1964 DV listed a 26 Oct 1964 start date. However, the 23 Oct 1964 DV production chart and the 30 Oct 1964 DV reported that filming would begin on 2 Nov ... More Less

The 8 Jul 1964 DV announced that producer-director William Castle was currently preparing Out of the Dark, based on the soon-to-be-released novel, Out of the Dark, by Ursula (Reilly) Curtiss. The 5 Aug 1964 Var explained that Castle had purchased rights to the novel prior to its anticipated Sep 1964 publication.
       The 9 Jul 1964 DV reported a title change to In Case of Emergency, and stated that the feature would be co-produced by Universal Pictures. William McGivern was adapting the screenplay, and Merrie Spaeth and Tippy Walker were in talks to play the teenaged leads. The 5 Aug 1964 Var noted another title change to In Case of Murder, and announced that filming was expected to begin in mid-Oct 1964 at Universal Studios in Universal City, CA.
       According to the 16 Sep 1964 Var, Castle was unable to secure Spaeth and Walker for the principal roles, and casting difficulties had caused production delays on the picture, now titled I Saw What You Did. Castle was said to be considering Pamela Franklin for one of the teen characters, and was searching for an adult actress “like Greer Garson” for the adult lead. On 23 Sep 1964, DV announced that Joan Crawford had been cast in a lead role.
       An18 Sep 1964 DV production chart and the 25 Sep 1964 DV listed a 26 Oct 1964 start date. However, the 23 Oct 1964 DV production chart and the 30 Oct 1964 DV reported that filming would begin on 2 Nov 1964, and added John Ireland and Tom Hatten to the cast.
       The 4 Nov 1964 Var announced the casting of teen leads Andi Garrett and Sarah Lane. The novice actresses, making their feature film acting debuts, had been discovered through a Los Angeles, CA, radio station contest, and won out over 400 other contestants.
       Joan Crawford’s role amounted to a “three-day cameo,” during which “she slept in her studio dressing room,” according to the 4 Nov 1964 LAT. William Castle praised Crawford’s coaching of the inexperienced young leads in an 18 Nov 1964 DV item, stating that she devoted several hours tutoring the girls in acting techniques. Castle purposely chose non-actors who would appear natural onscreen. He planned to enlist Crawford in future endeavors dealing with new talent, giving her an assistant to the producer-director credit. Two additional newcomers reportedly signed to the cast were Janet Hamill and John Crowther.
       Production was still underway at Universal Studios as of 16 Dec 1964, as noted in that day’s Var.
       The world premiere was held simultaneously at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, and at the Paramount Theatre in St. Paul, MN, on 14 May 1965, according to the 19 May 1965 DV. The 2 Jun 1965 Var stated that Castle, who spent a week in Minnesota promoting the picture, specifically chose those cities to prove that a properly promoted picture “could do good business” anywhere. After three days in release, box-office receipts totaled $16,707 from both theaters.
       The picture opened in New York City theaters on 21 Jul 1965, on a double-bill with Dark Intruder (1965, see entry), as announced in the 22 Jul 1965 NYT review. Joan Crawford, Andi Garrett, and Sarah Lane made personal appearances at fifteen of the twenty six theaters where the film screened, as stated in the 21 Jul 1965 Var. The 29 Aug 1965 LAT noted that the Los Angeles-area opening would be held on 1 Sep 1965. In a 12 May 1965 review, Var described I Saw What You Did as “well-made” with a “better-than-usual story line” for the suspense-terror genre. Crawford’s performance was praised, as were the scene-stealing debuts of teenagers Garrett and Lane. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Jul 1964
p. 3.
Daily Variety
9 Jul 1964
p. 1.
Daily Variety
18 Sep 1964
p. 6.
Daily Variety
23 Sep 1964
p. 1.
Daily Variety
25 Sep 1964
p. 10.
Daily Variety
23 Oct 1964
p. 10.
Daily Variety
30 Oct 1964
p. 8.
Daily Variety
18 Nov 1964
p. 4.
Daily Variety
22 Feb 1965
p. 2.
Daily Variety
19 May 1965
p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
9 Nov 1964
Section D, p. 18.
Los Angeles Times
29 Aug 1965
Section B, p. 1, 17.
Los Angeles Times
1 Sep 1965
Section C, p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
2 Sep 1965
Section D, p. 12.
New York Times
22 Jul 1965
p. 24.
Variety
5 Aug 1964
p. 3.
Variety
16 Sep 1964
p. 17.
Variety
4 Nov 1964
p. 13.
Variety
16 Dec 1964
p. 4.
Variety
12 May 1965
p. 28.
Variety
19 May 1965
p. 15.
Variety
2 Jun 1965
p. 24.
Variety
21 Jul 1965
p. 69.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A William Castle Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
MUSIC
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Dogs trained by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Out of the Dark by Ursula (Reilly) Curtiss (New York, 1964).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Out of the Dark
In Case of Emergency
In Case of Murder
Release Date:
July 1965
Premiere Information:
Minneapolis premiere: 14 May 1965
New York City opening: 21 July 1965
Los Angeles opening: 1 September 1965
Production Date:
began 2 November 1964
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures
Copyright Date:
7 August 1965
Copyright Number:
LP32633
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
82
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Dave and Ellie Mannering are preparing to leave for an overnight trip when their babysitter becomes ill. They reluctantly leave the responsibility for the house and nine-year-old Tess to her teenaged sister, Libby. Libby's friend Kit joins them, and they begin a telephone game in which they call people at random and ask silly questions. One of the numbers they find belongs to Steve Marak, whose wife, Judith, is about to leave him. Judith answers Libby's call and tries to get Steve out of the shower, but their continuing argument becomes so intense that he murders her. Steve takes the body into a wooded area and buries it. He returns to find Amy, his widowed neighbor who is in love with him, waiting at the house. Libby calls Steve again, using the name Suzette, and says, "I saw what you did, and I know who you are." Steve begins to panic and tries to counter Libby's quips with his own questions concerning a rendezvous. Amy becomes jealous while overhearing the conversation and goes into the bathroom; there she finds Judith's bloody clothes and realizes what has happened. The girls, curious to see Steve, visit him; but Amy sends them away after pocketing their automobile registration. Steve kills Amy when she tries to blackmail him into living with her; and, taking the car registration, he goes to the girls' home. Kit's father picks her up, and she eventually tells him the story. He calls the police, and they arrive at the Mannerings' home in time to shoot Steve before he strangles ... +


Dave and Ellie Mannering are preparing to leave for an overnight trip when their babysitter becomes ill. They reluctantly leave the responsibility for the house and nine-year-old Tess to her teenaged sister, Libby. Libby's friend Kit joins them, and they begin a telephone game in which they call people at random and ask silly questions. One of the numbers they find belongs to Steve Marak, whose wife, Judith, is about to leave him. Judith answers Libby's call and tries to get Steve out of the shower, but their continuing argument becomes so intense that he murders her. Steve takes the body into a wooded area and buries it. He returns to find Amy, his widowed neighbor who is in love with him, waiting at the house. Libby calls Steve again, using the name Suzette, and says, "I saw what you did, and I know who you are." Steve begins to panic and tries to counter Libby's quips with his own questions concerning a rendezvous. Amy becomes jealous while overhearing the conversation and goes into the bathroom; there she finds Judith's bloody clothes and realizes what has happened. The girls, curious to see Steve, visit him; but Amy sends them away after pocketing their automobile registration. Steve kills Amy when she tries to blackmail him into living with her; and, taking the car registration, he goes to the girls' home. Kit's father picks her up, and she eventually tells him the story. He calls the police, and they arrive at the Mannerings' home in time to shoot Steve before he strangles Libby. +

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