THE SCREAMING WOMAN

ABC Movie of the Week
Original Airdate: Jan. 29, 1972

With Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Ed Nelson, Laraine Stephens, Walter Pidgeon, Charles Robinson
Directed by Jack Smight
Reviewed by JB

"It's the hat - it angers a lot of people, just the sight of it"      Loosely based on a short story by Ray Bradbury, and previous dramatized on radio with Margaret O'Brien and on TV's Ray Bradbury Theater with a young Drew Barrymore, THE SCREAMING WOMAN stars Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland as a woman who insists that she heard a voice from under the ground crying for help.  Unfortunately, Olivia's character has only recently been released from a mental hospital, so she cannot get anybody to believe her.  There's not a lot of suspense in this thriller, since it is revealed early on that there is a woman buried underground, a victim of her husband's domestic abuse gone horribly awry.  The fun in this movie lies in watching Ms. de Havilland - one of my favorite of the grand old actresses - go about her part in a thoroughly professional and entertaining manner.  Joseph Cotten, who co-starred with de Havilland in 1964's HUSH, HUSH... SWEET CHARLOTTE, adds to the Classic Hollywood feel of the film.   The rest of the cast is solid if unmemorable, but the film holds up as a minor showcase for the great Ms. de Havilland.  3 - JB

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