During the course of a single day in 1923, a middle aged woman confronts the life altering decisions she made as a vibrant young woman 30 years before. Received Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
Top-billed Maureen O'Hara narrates director Delmer Daves' opening, as English housewife Moira, charmed by the visiting Italian artist, co-star Rosanno Brazzi, then chided by peers (Phyllis Calvert, Maxine Audley, Ursula Jeans), in The Battle Of The Villa Fiorita, 1965.
Polio sufferer Deborah (Samantha Eggar) meets chatty artist Leigh (David Hemmings) at a London art party, early in director Eric Till's The Walking Stick, 1970, from a novel by Winston Graham.
Following credits, Robert Morley (title character) in his box with wife Constance (Phyllis Calvert) and friend (Dennis Price), receiving praise and a fateful introduction to Alfred Douglas (John Neville), in the 1960 Vantage Films production Oscar Wilde.
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Clarissa Dalloway sets out on a beautiful morning; she's shopping for flowers for her party that evening. At the same time in London, a young man is suffering from a nightmarish delayed-onset (the year is 1923) form of shell-shock. Clarissa's nearly-grown daughter is distant, and preoccupied. In the course of one day, Peter, a passionate old suitor, returns from India, there is a suicide, Clarissa relives a day in her youth (and her reasons for her choice of a life with the reliable Richard Dalloway).
Quiet and shy, ashamed of her leg withered by polio, Deborah Dainton takes refuge in her work as a trusted employee of a posh London auction house. Within weeks, she is a criminal, the linchpin in a jewel heist. How she got there forms the twisted heart of this psychological crime thriller. The answer, of course, is a man: Leigh Hartley, a painter whose real talent may be his ability to manipulate a lonely young woman. He courts Deborah, making her feel whole and desirable. Now he has one favor to ask…and Deborah, despite claustrophobia from her time in an iron lung, hides in a closet so that she can slip out after the auction house's closing to let her lover enter and steal a fortune in gems. Blending boyish charm with a threat of danger, David Hemmings makes a magnetic Leigh.
David Hemmings and Samantha Eggar in a tense psychological crime thriller about a crippled young woman who will do anything to please the only man who's ever loved her.
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