Although engaged to lawyer Martin (Richard Carlson), Christine (Lynn Bari)
can't let go of the memories of her deceased husband Paul, even though he died
2 years ago. This goes so far that she, living by the sea, thinks she's hearing
his voice over the sounds of the ocean. Much to the concern of Martin & her
little sister Janed (Cathy O'Donnell).
One day, when she thinks she hears the
voice exceptionally clear, she meets psychic Alexis, who offers her his help,
& seems to know quite a lot about her. At first, Christine of course
dismisses him, however when that same night she thinks the spirit of Paul is
haunting her bedroom, she decides she should at least give Alexis a try ...
& soon she becomes addited to the man's psychic powers.
Martin though grow suspicious about the mystery man, & together with
private eye Hoffman (Harry B.Mendoza) they make up a ploy to unmask Alexis as a
fraud - which involves Janet searching Alexis' advice in the guise of a cheated
wife. However, for Alexis, trained in the art of conning people, it's an easy
task to see through their game, & with his charms he wins Janet over to his
side, so Martin's & Hoffman's plan seems to backfire on them.
A few days
later, Alexis puts on a seance for Janet & Christine, calling Paul's
spirit. & though a total hoax, it proves to be most impressive, &
Alexis is professional enough to not let himself be caught cheating by Martin
& Hoffman, who dash in all of a sudden. However, when they request him to
make another seance in their presence - a situation he hasn't accounted for -
he seems to find himself at the end of his line ... but the seance - much to
his own surprise - proves to be a smaching success, as not only Paul's voice
can clearly be heard, but for a moment, Paul can even be seen, before
disappearing (into thin air ?).
But how ? The answer is quite simple, Paul
(Donald Curtis) - a con-man in his own right - has only faked his own death,
but now he wanted to get back in on the act to extract some more money from
Christine, but has found Alexis' operation already running & decided this
woukld be a fine bandwagon to hop on.
Their plan now involves driving
Christine insane & to suicide, while Alexis is to marry Janet to get to her
money - but murder was never in Alexis' bag of tricks, & he feels so at
unease with their plan that he saves Christine from her first suicide attempt.
is then that Janet finds out about Paul & Alexis' set up, involving Paul
with a microphone hidden somewhere in the cellar, speaking to Christine over
some speakers hidden in her room. The found- out Paul immediately wants to
shoot Janet, but Alexis, having changed sides by now, catches a bullet meant
for her & with his bag of tricks he uses to haunt people can divert Paul's
attention from Janet long enough for the police to arrive - even if it is with
his dieing breath.
Nicely shot & darkly lit - almost noirish in
style - little spooker that has maybe one plottwist too many to stay wholly
believable, but is engaging enough in story & atmosphere to stay wholly