Ex-police detective James Stewart is asked by a friend to shadow his wife (Kim Novak), who is described as a suicidal neurotic obsessed with the idea that she is possessed by the spirit of her great-grandmother who went insane and took her own life. Stewart falls in love with the girl and is shattered when, overtaken by an attack of acrophobia, he is unable to prevent her from leaping to her death from a church tower. Some months later, he meets another girl (Kim Novak) who bears a striking resemblance to the dead woman, and following a series of suspense-laden incidents an exciting climax ensues in which he is able to overcome his phobia.
Center exploitation around topliners James Stewart and Kim Novak, letting patrons know this is their first film together, and Kim's first attempt at a dual role. Whet audiences' interest by advertising that no one will be seated during the final 15 minutes so as not to spoil the exciting, surprise ending. Ask local police and detectives to a special screening. Play up Hitchcock's reputation as a master of suspense drama.
He Thought His Love Was Dead, Until He Found Her in Another Woman... See Kim Novak and James Stewart, Teamed For the First Time on the Screen in the Year's Outstanding Suspense Tale. Paramount 123 mins.