Crescendo (film)

Crescendo is a 1970 British psychological thriller film directed by Alan Gibson and starring Stefanie Powers, James Olson and Margaretta Scott.[2] It was made by Hammer Film Productions.

German film poster
Directed byAlan Gibson
Produced byMichael Carreras
Written byAlfred Shaughnessy
Jimmy Sangster
StarringStefanie Powers
James Olson
Margaretta Scott
Music byMalcolm Williamson
CinematographyPaul Beeson
Distributed byWarner Bros.-Seven Arts (USA)
Release date
7 June 1970
Running time
95 min.


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.



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.[3]


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.[1]

The film was released to DVD by the Warner Archive Collection in March 2009.


  1. David Hanks Crescendo at EOFFTV 2009 accessed 14 April 2014
  2. "Crescendo (1970)".
  3. Marcus Hearn, The Hammer Vault, Titan Books, 2011 p117

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