While out jogging one night, Washington D.C. stockbroker Harry Ross (Kenneth Gilman) sees a flashing light in a window and goes over to investigate. Looking in the window, harry sees a beautiful woman with red hair (Barbara Law) doing a striptease for a man (Lawrence K. Philips). Harry becomes obsessed with this woman and finds himself returning to the window night after night, sometimes seeing the red-haired woman with the man and sometimes seeing her with a blonde-haired woman (Jayne Catling). Afraid that he's becoming a pervert, Harry books an appointment with Dr. Alixe Barnes (Dayle Haddon). Harry is surprised to discover that Dr. Barnes is a woman but still tells her the details of his nocturnal voyeurism. Alixe assures Harry that he's not a pervert but advises him not to return to the window. However, despite Alixe's warning, Harry finds himself unable to resist the temptation until, one night, he sees the red-haired woman tied to the bed with the man on top of her. He's forced to hide when a neighbor happens by and when he returns to the window, he sees that the woman has been murdered. Terrified out of his wits, Harry flees the scene of the crime and runs into the street where he's struck by a car driving without its lights. Bruised and exhausted he finally reaches home and phones Alixe to tell her what happened. Meanwhile, the police have found the body and identified it as Mary Kittrick, a ticketing agent who just moved from New York. They find Harry's fingerprints at the scene and he immediately becomes the prime suspect. The next day, the police go to Harry's office to arrest him but Alixe is able to warn him and they make their escape. They return to Alixe's place and she hypnotizes Harry to recover details of the murder in an attempt to discover the real murderer. Under hypnosis, Harry remembers seeing the car that hit him parked outside the murder scene, that the man's name was Burt, that the red-haired woman's name was Jobeth and that she was in the room that night, watching the murder and not tied to the bed. Unfortunately, the police interrupt Alixe and Harry before they can make sense out of what Harry saw. The next day, Alixe goes to her office, leaving Harry at her place, and a few minutes after she leaves, Jobeth shows up at the door. She tells Harry that Burt is after her but, when Harry starts becoming suspicious, she knocks him unconscious. Fortunately, at her office, Alixe has remembered seeing the car that struck Harry parked outside her apartment building when she left that morning and realizes that Harry is in danger. Meanwhile, back at Alixe's apartment, Jobeth has Harry tied to the bed and is explaining that she used to be a prostitute in New York before moving to Washington and marrying a senator. The murder victim was actually Mary Kittrick, the blonde woman Harry saw Jobeth with, wearing a red wig. Mary was another prostitute from New York and she and Burt were blackmailing Jobeth. Fortunately, Jobeth convinced Burt to kill Mary and then she killed Burt. Jobeth is about to kill Harry when Alixe shows up. A struggle ensues and a few minutes later the police barge in and arrest Jobeth. The movie ends with Harry climbing through a window to be greeted by Alixe and him explaining that he forgot his keys.
Type of mind control: Hypnosis
Mind control scenes:
The only mind control is the scene where Alixe hypnotizes Harry to remember details of the murder. She relaxes Harry and then uses the flash of a camera to simulate the strobe light at the murder scene and trigger Harry's memories.
out of 5
Although most of the hypnotic induction isn't shown, the relaxation and questioning appear to be fairly realistic and believable. With other types of films, believability is less important but with a thriller like this, believability helps draw the viewer in and heightens the suspense. This film succeeds in doing that. The only thing that would drastically improve the hypnosis is if there was more of it.
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