The Girl in Black Stockings (1957)

73 or 75 mins | Mystery | October 1957

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HISTORY

This film's working title was Black Stockings . The opening and ending cast credits differ in order. Although the Var review lists Richard Cutting as playing "Dr. Younger," the onscreen cast credits list his character as "Dr. Aiken." As noted in reviews, the picture was shot on location in Kanab, ... More Less

This film's working title was Black Stockings . The opening and ending cast credits differ in order. Although the Var review lists Richard Cutting as playing "Dr. Younger," the onscreen cast credits list his character as "Dr. Aiken." As noted in reviews, the picture was shot on location in Kanab, UT. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
5 Oct 1957.
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Daily Variety
30 Sep 1957
p. 3.
Film Daily
8 Oct 1957
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jul 1956
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Aug 1956
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Aug 1956
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 1957
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
12 Oct 1957
p. 561.
Variety
2 Oct 1957
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Bel-Air Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Operative cam
Lighting tech
Key grip
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
COSTUMES
Women's clothes by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Sd ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod coord
Scr supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Wanton Murder" by Peter Godfrey, collected in Death Under the Table (Cape Town, 1954).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Black Stockings
Release Date:
October 1957
Production Date:
began late July 1956
Copyright Claimant:
Palm Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 June 1957
Copyright Number:
LP9082
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Black and White
Widescreen/ratio
1.75:1
Duration(in mins):
73 or 75
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
18281
SYNOPSIS

David Hewson, a Los Angeles lawyer vacationing in Kanab, Utah, is romancing Beth Dixon, an employee of the lodge where he is staying, when they discover the body of Marsha Morgan, whose throat has been cut. Jess Holmes, the local sheriff, questions several people about the murder, including lodge owner Edmund Parry, who is confined to a wheelchair, and his sister Julia. Edmund, a bitter, sardonic man, admits that he hated Morgan, a playgirl, and states that her murder is an example of a totally justifiable homicide, but adds that he had nothing to do with her death. Holmes then questions David, who was to have had a date with Morgan the night she was killed, and although Beth provides David an alibi, Holmes realizes that David could have seen Morgan earlier. While a new guest, Joseph Felton checks in, Holmes questions aging, alcoholic actor Norman Grant and his would-be-actress girl friend, Harriet Ames, about Morgan. Grant is hoping for a comeback and is at the lodge to sober up. When Joe, a drunken Indian finds the murder weapon, a knife taken from the lodge’s kitchen, suspicion falls upon him. As Beth is operating the lodge’s switchboard, she overhears Felton making a call to a man named Prentiss. That night, while out walking, Felton is shot in the back and dies, falling into the lodge’s swimming pool. Later, Holmes verifies the alibi Joe has given and tells David he has learned that Felton was a private detective. He also explains that Edmund was paralyzed by the shock of a girl friend double-crossing him and running off with another man. After Beth admits to David that she was married when ... +


David Hewson, a Los Angeles lawyer vacationing in Kanab, Utah, is romancing Beth Dixon, an employee of the lodge where he is staying, when they discover the body of Marsha Morgan, whose throat has been cut. Jess Holmes, the local sheriff, questions several people about the murder, including lodge owner Edmund Parry, who is confined to a wheelchair, and his sister Julia. Edmund, a bitter, sardonic man, admits that he hated Morgan, a playgirl, and states that her murder is an example of a totally justifiable homicide, but adds that he had nothing to do with her death. Holmes then questions David, who was to have had a date with Morgan the night she was killed, and although Beth provides David an alibi, Holmes realizes that David could have seen Morgan earlier. While a new guest, Joseph Felton checks in, Holmes questions aging, alcoholic actor Norman Grant and his would-be-actress girl friend, Harriet Ames, about Morgan. Grant is hoping for a comeback and is at the lodge to sober up. When Joe, a drunken Indian finds the murder weapon, a knife taken from the lodge’s kitchen, suspicion falls upon him. As Beth is operating the lodge’s switchboard, she overhears Felton making a call to a man named Prentiss. That night, while out walking, Felton is shot in the back and dies, falling into the lodge’s swimming pool. Later, Holmes verifies the alibi Joe has given and tells David he has learned that Felton was a private detective. He also explains that Edmund was paralyzed by the shock of a girl friend double-crossing him and running off with another man. After Beth admits to David that she was married when she was very young and inexperienced, and has drifted from place to place until settling at the lodge as Edmund’s personal assistant, David tells her that he does not care about her past and continues their romance. When the sheriff drives out to a lumber mill to question another suspect who works there, Frankie Pierce, about his relationship with Morgan, Pierce panics and is killed as he backs into a woodcutting machine. At a dinner party that evening, Harriett gets drunk and kisses Edmund, much to Julia’s annoyance. Later that night, Grant is knocked out by a blow to the head and recovers to find Harriet dead, her throat slashed. Upon learning of Harriet's death, Holmes wonders if Grant’s wound might have been self-inflicted. When David drives to the Parrys’ residence to inform them about the latest murder, he finds Edmund alone in the house and tells him that he believes that Julia’s possessive love for him has turned her into a killer. Edmund admits that Julia wrecked his one major love affair, but that he has forgiven her and will always provide her with an alibi. David then drives away, but on the road back spots Julia’s car parked at a remote tourist site and discovers Beth, with a knife in her hand, kneeling beside Julia, who although stabbed, is still alive. Beth tells David that she saw Julia leaving Grant’s cottage and followed her to her room. Julia then threatened her with a knife and forced her to drive her to the site. Beth relates that she stabbed Julia while struggling with her for possession of the knife. When two patrol cars arrive with Holmes, accompanied by Prentiss, Beth suddenly pleads with David not to let them take her and he realizes that she is responsible for all the killings. David then cooperates with the police in Beth’s arrest. The next day, Holmes explains to David that Beth, a psychopath, had escaped from a mental institution in Pittsburgh and that Felton had been hired by Prentiss, Beth’s husband, to find her and bring her back. Beth had changed her appearance and name and consequently, Felton had not recognized her, but she had overheard his phone conversation with her husband and realized that she was in danger of being caught. As Beth is driven away in a patrol car, David heads back to Los Angeles. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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