The Screaming Woman (1972)

USA, 29 January
35mm film, Technicolor, 4:3
mono, English

An American television horror film directed by Jack Smight.

Plot Summary

Laura Wynant has recently been released from psychiatric hospital and returned to her estate to recuperate. But when she finds that a young woman has been buried alive in the grounds she can't persuade anyone to believe her and finds herself being targeted when she accidentally tips off the attempted killer that she's on to him.


Directed by: Jack Smight
© MVMLXXI [1971] Universal City Studios Inc.
A Universal Studios production
Produced by: William Frye
Teleplay by: Merwin Gerard
Based on the Short Story by: Ray Bradbury
Assistant Director: Brad Arrison
Director of Photography: Sam Leavitt
Film Editor: Robert F. Shugrue
Editorial Supervision: Richard Belding
Theme: John Williams
Music Supervision: Hal Mooney
Costumes Designed by: Edith Head
Sound: John Carter
Titles & Optical Effects: Universal TItle
Art Director: John E. Chilberg II
Set Decorations: Don Sullivan
Unit Manager: Henry Kline

Olivia DeHavilland [Laura Wynant]
Ed Nelson [Carl Nesbitt]
Laraine Stephens [Caroline Wynant]
Joseph Cotten [George Tresvant]
Walter Pidgeon [Dr Amos Larkin]
Charles Knox Robinson [Howard Wynant]
Alexandra Hay [Evie Carson]
Lonny Chapman [police sergeant]
Charles Drake [Ken Bronson]
Russell Wiggins [Harry Sands]
Gene Andrusco [David]
Russell Thorson (man)
Kay Stewart (woman)
Joyce Cunning (Bernice Wilson)
John Alderman (Slater)
Ray Montgomery (Ted Wilson)
Jan Arvan (Martin)
Dee Carroll (Alma Bronson)
Jackie Russell (Helen Nesbitt)
Glen Vernon (intern)
Shannon Terhune (Susan)

Alternative Titles

L'enterrée vive – France
Levande begravd – Sweden
Qualcuno chiede aiuto – Italy

See also
The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Screaming Woman (1986)


  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.342 – credits
  • Movies Made for Television: The Telefeature and the Mini-Series 1964-1979 by Alvin H. Marill p.88 – credits, synopsis
  • by Walt Lee p.422 – credits