Wait Until Dark (1967) – Blind Crime

Wait Until Dark (1967) Poster

Gonna start at the end on this one, don’t worry, no spoilers. After this excellent film finished the final theme tune came on whilst it showcased the players and you know what dude, that ditty from Henry Mancini with Sue Raney gorgeous voice hit me for six. What a stunning little bossa jazz number that I just wish went on and on, Wait Until Dark, just so beautiful.

If like me you’re one of like 15 people on Earth that hasn’t seen this horror thriller film before here’s a little synopsis of the plot.

Wait Until Dark (1967) Audrey Hepburn & Efrem Zimbalist Jr

A naughty girl called Lisa (Samantha Jones) picks up a consignment of drugs hidden inside a doll. On route home at the airport she palms the doll off to an unexpecting a fellow passenger, a photographer called Sam Hendrix played by the fabulously named, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Wait Until Dark (1967) Audrey Hepburn & Richard Crenna

Now Sam is married to a delightful young lady called Susy who is unfortunately blind from an accident. Now Susy Hendrix, played with great tenderness and passion by the lovely Audrey Hepburn, is a very determined lady despite her predicament. But sadly she has a barrage of problems coming her way.

Wait Until Dark (1967) Alan Arkin Richard Crenna jack weston

In comes, not one but three bad guys to mess with our heroine’s mind and try to find this doll with the merchandise. Two crooked friends, one played by Rambo’s buddy Colonel Samuel Trautman aka Richard Crenna who plays Mike Talman and his chubby sidekick Carlino played by Jack Weston.

Wait Until Dark (1967) Alan Arkin creepy

Now the third dodgy geezer is Alan Arkin, a practically scary dude with a weird hair do and a taste for terrorising and playing people to his own means. This character is called Roat and I’m not sure if I’ve seen Alan Arkin play a bad guy before? Anyway he does a good job.

Now can our Suzy work out what the hell is going on as strange deluge of people just keep barging into her apartment building telling yarns and slowly messing with the poor girl’s mind.

Wait Until Dark (1967) Audrey Hepburn match lit

To be honest a lot of this trouble would of been stopped if only she LOCK THE BLOODY DOOR! But hey we wouldn’t get a the entertaining back and forth between all the players which really has all the feel and touch of a great Alfred Hitchcock movie.

Directed by Terence Young who made the allstar star cast western action film Red Sun and three big Bond films with Sean Connery, Dr No, From Russia With Love and Thunderball.

Wait Until Dark (1967) intro title

It’s suspenseful, extremely well acted, great script and loads of thrills plus Miss Audrey Hepburn is adorable. Well worth adding to your “watch list” if you haven’t seen it.

Further Reading Links

Wait Until Dark (1967) IMDB

Wait Until Dark (1967) Alfred Hitchcock Geek Blog

The New York Times Review October 1967

Wait Until Dark (1967) WIKI

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