July 12, 1968 in UK cinemas: Wait Until Dark

“TERROR LIKE NOTHING YOU’VE EVER SEEN!”

Wait Until Dark is a 1967 psychological horror thriller film directed by Terence Young and produced by Mel Ferrer. It stars Audrey Hepburn as a young blind woman, Alan Arkin as a violent criminal searching for some drugs, and Richard Crenna as another criminal, supported by Jack Weston, Julie Herrod, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.. The screenplay by Robert Carrington and Jane-Howard Carrington is based on the 1966 play by Frederick Knott.

Hepburn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1967. Zimbalist Jr. was nominated for a Golden Globe in the supporting category. To immerse viewers in the suspense of the climactic scene, movie theatre owners dimmed their lights to the legal limits, and then turned them off, one by one until the audiences were in complete darkness. [Wikipedia]

After an airplane trip, a young woman asks Susie’s husband, Sam, to keep a doll for her to avoid spoiling the surprise of her daughter’s gift. But the real reason is to avoid her partner, Harry Roat, whom she hopes to cheat of the drugs hidden in the doll. Harry discovers her treachery, murders her and leaves the body in Susie’s apartment, where he has tracked Sam and the doll. He concocts an elaborate plan, involving Mike and Carlino, small-time hoods, to get Susie, who recently lost her sight in a fire, to reveal the doll’s hiding place. They lure Sam away and take advantage of Susie’s blindness, posing as an old friend, a police detective, and a father-son pair of eccentrics. Susie eventually catches on and, with the help of her young neighbour, Gloria, shows everyone that she is indeed a “world-champion blind lady.” [IMDb]

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