1965, Sony Repertory, 97 min, Dir: Silvio Narizzano

Tallulah Bankhead is one mean matriarch in this chiller. When Patricia Carroll’s (Stefanie Powers) fiance dies, his mother, Mrs. Trefoile (Bankhead) blames Patricia for her son's death and begins to terrorize her in ways both demented and spine-tingling.

1962, Sony Repertory, 123 min, Dir: Blake Edwards

Lee Remick is a bank teller whose teenage sister (Stefanie Powers) is kidnapped by creepy, asthmatic Ross Martin (Artemus Gordon on TV’s "The Wild, Wild West"), a sociopathic crook brewing an extortion plot. Glenn Ford is the no-nonsense FBI agent who steps in after a terrified Remick contacts the agency. Director Blake Edwards demonstrates his skill at creating dark atmosphere and nail-biting suspense, honed on "Peter Gunn," the TV show he created. After BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S and THE PINK PANTHER (both Edwards films), composer Henry Mancini graces us with his most memorable (and sinister) score.

1940, Walt Disney Pictures, 130 min, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Director Alfred Hitchcock’s Gothic romance asks the question: Did guilt-ridden, rich widower Laurence Olivier do away with his notorious wife Rebecca or not? And what secret does sinister, manipulating housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson) hold? As the widower’s second wife, a young Joan Fontaine attempts to unravel the mystery.

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