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Scream, Pretty Peggy

Scream, Pretty Peggy – 1973
Gordon Hessler

Jimmy Sangster
Arthur Hoffe

Ted Bessell
Bette Davis
Sian Barbara Allen

Review by Wayne Malin

Scared me silly when I was a kid,

Jeffrey Elliott (Ted Bessell) hires college student Peggy John (Sian Barbara Allen) to take care of his elderly mother (Bette Davis!) in their creepy old mansion. It also seems there’s a deranged sister wandering around…and Peg starts getting glimpses of a person with long blonde hair and a white dress. Peg becomes curious and starts looking into the family history and things start to get strange…

Saw this only once on TV when I was about 11 or 12. I was scared out of my mind! The glimpses Peg got of the sister really creeped me out and the ending horrified me. I also remember Davis giving a restrained (for her) performance and given nothing to do.

Still it was creepy, atmospheric and well-acted. Another great old made for TV movie that’s impossible to see today. I give it a 7.

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