WriterAlfred Shaughnessy, Jimmy Sangster Release date1970 CastStefanie Powers (Susan Roberts), James Olson (Georges Ryman / Jacques Ryman), Joss Ackland (Carter), Margaretta Scott (Danielle Ryman), Jane Lapotaire (Lillianne), Kirsten Lindholm (Catherine) Similar moviesDracula Untold, Sexual Chronicles of a French Family, The Brides of Dracula, Hotel Transylvania 2, The Gift, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
TaglineAnd . . . for Lovers of the Macabre
Crescendo is a 1970 British psychological thriller film directed by Alan Gibson and starring Stefanie Powers, James Olson and Margaretta Scott. It was made by Hammer Film Productions.
Drawn to the spectacular south of France to research the late composer Henry Ryman, music student Susan Roberts (Stefanie Powers) encounters his son, drug-addicted Georges (James Olson) and his eccentric family. Investigating the haunting strains of an unfinished Ryman concerto leads Susan to discover an empty piano… and a brutally savaged mannequin! Georges tells her she’s the lookalike of his lost love. But Susan may not be the only one at the villa with an eerie doppelgänger.
Stefanie Powers ... Susan Roberts
James Olson ... Georges / Jacques
Margaretta Scott ... Danielle Ryman
Jane Lapotaire ... Lillianne
Joss Ackland ... Carter
Kirsten Lindholm ... Catherine
Alfred Shaughnessy wrote the script in the mid 60s. In 1966, Michael Reeves approached Hammer Films with the script. James Carreras tried for two years to make it with Joan Crawford but could not get financing. In 1969, the project was reactivated, with Jimmy Sangster hired to rewrite the script and Alan Gibson to direct.
The film was released in the United States theatrically in the fall of 1972. In American theaters, it was paired with the Hammer vampire film Dracula A.D. 1972 starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.
Its performance at the box office was disappointing.
The film was released to DVD by the Warner Archive Collection in March 2009.