Taylor somehow seems miscast as a twice divorced and unwanted woman and the nuances of her neurosis and the undercurrents of mistrust and adultery come off well throughout. The film's denouement reveals that Ellen had only pretended to be insane by claiming to have seen two murders in the house next door as part of a complex scheme of hers to murder both John and Sarah for their affair. The only truly awful thing is the score from John Cameron which is out of place at best and trite at worst. It still has some great twists at the end though. Easily the most impressive thing was the stage set which had huge floor to ceiling windows upstage center as the focal point, for obvious reasons. I, too, thought the above review was good and Karen was right with her corrections.
I also love the song at the end! Nightmares become real when late one night Ellen sees a dead body, bleeding copiously from a slashed neck and propped up in a wing chair, through the banging shutter of the house next door. He starred as well in The Running Man, based on the Shelley Smith suspense novel, and, of course, the great espionage suspense film The Manchurian Candidate. Ellen reveals a house key that she found, which belongs to the old house across the courtyard, but John still denies cheating on her or having anything to do with what has been going on. At least that's what she tells people, but of course no one believes her--not John, not Sarah, nor the skeptical Inspector Walker Bill Dean , who is called in to investigate. Inspector Walker confides to John that Ellen may be mentally ill and suggests rest and a doctor. Taylor obviously well experienced in the divorce category but the unwanted aspect is where she seems a bit like a fish out of water.
I saw this at least once but I dont' rembmer much of it. Robert Lang and Elizabeth Taylor Ellen still has nightmares about the death of her first husband, Carl, who was speeding down a country road at eighty miles an hour with some tart all over him, when he went off the road, killing himself and said tart. When both Ellen and Sarah see a man enter the old house the following night, they call the police, who find Mr. Ellen wants to go away to the Mediterranean with John, but he's more interested in his vague job in finance and his after dinner drinks. You remind me, another obvious influence on this film and the play , Rear Window, should have mentioned that specifically. After informing her that he won't go to the police, as Inspector Walker won't believe him either, Ellen asks Mr. Appleby , who confirms that he planted the flowers the night before during the storm, but refuses to let the police search the garden or dig up the flowers he just planted.
It all takes place at the big Wheeler house. Ellen had to go to the hospital to identify her husband, something she relives in her nightmares. Also, in the flashback scenes, her hair was styled in a fashion forward bob which was so flattering and wondered why she never wore her hair this way in later years instead favoring the messy, back-combed style. Ellen Wheeler Elizabeth Taylor is an unhappy housewife who settles her fraying nerves with alcohol while staring out her window. Is it just her nerves working on her? Laurence Harvey, Elizabeth Taylor and Billie Whitelaw How did I miss this film back in the 1970s? Wheeler, seemingly consisting mainly of buying flowers, doing jigsaw puzzles, smoking cigarettes and making insomniac late-night wanderings over her stylish house, gazing moodily through the great windows at that creepy unoccupied mansion next door with the menacing, constantly banging shutter. A second search of the house and excavation of the garden reveal nothing, and Inspector Walker closes the case.
The general plot, that of a slightly older woman dare we say matronly? Ellen continues to maintain that she saw a murder in the deserted house, but there is no proof and John remains skeptical. Night Watch puts her in the role somewhat akin to that which Bette Davis played in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? She was married to him throughout the film until she killed him. I only delete the spam from unknowns from Asia telling me what a wonderful post I made, now here's this link I should click. Appleby Robert Lang , whose father used to own Ellen's house, but is now reduced to a basement flat. Just what horror goes on in that house next door? Night Watch Night Watch is a 1973 English Film stars Elizabeth Taylor , Brian G.
For suspense fans Night Watch is a tremendously enjoyable film, the sort where the reviewer wants to discuss the ending, but is honor-bound from doing so be careful when you read internet reviews though. When she witnesses what she thinks is a murder through a neighbor's window, she calls the police, who find nothing when they investigate. I think it would have been exciting to see a voyeuristic thriller like this on stage. And Taylor does a good job here and is truly the highlight in what otherwise is a rather pedestrian film. That evening, Ellen claims to John and Sarah that she saw another body in the old house next door, that of a woman.
There he finds a countess who invites him to dine. I understand the play adds additional characters as suspects and that the film is more streamlined. But Lucille Fletcher by this time was a very old hand at this sort of thing and she definitely has some new tricks up her sleeve. More recently, she had a memorable role in Hot Fuzz, a brilliant little send-up of police action films. Running time 99 minutes Country United Kingdom United States Language English Night Watch is a 1973 British-American directed by. Part of the fun as well is going back forty years to the early seventies.
The character of Ellen played by Elizabeth Taylor was not a widow, spinster, or twice divorced. Appleby, who had grown up in John and Ellen's house before they purchased it, makes a surprise appearance, startling Ellen and congratulating her on pulling off her complex scheme. Life is rather dull for Mrs. Ellen then runs into the old house and lets herself inside using the key, and both John and Sarah chase after her. Laurence Harvey did not look well in this outing and I found he passed away in 1973 at the age of 45 from stomach cancer. Based on a 1972 play by Lucille Fletcher known to suspense fans as the woman who wrote the much-adapted radio plays Sorry, Wrong Number and The Hitch-Hiker , Night Watch is an admirably nasty 1973 English film shocker starring Elizabeth Taylor and Laurence Harvey.