Pic has a few good jolts, successful buildups, and good looking people, but stilted dialog and plot shot through with holes keep mystery at a minimum, suspense overdue. Despite San Francisco as backdrop, with North Beach and Sausalito tossed in for spice, film trips over its own cliches and errors.
Beautician Kassia (Gayle Hunnicutt), after witnessing emphysema attack of wealthy San Francisco matron Danny (Eleanor Parker), finds Danny’s runaway favorite nephew Wylie (Michael Sarrazin).
Kassia plans to re-establish Wylie in the house and, after Aunt Danny changes her will in his favor, murder her and split the fortune.
David Lowell Rich’s direction often misleads, but he does manage to get actors to speak bad lines with straight faces.