Wait Until Dark
It is the season for the chills and thrills so our next Rialto Recommends is 1967's WAIT UNTIL DARK starring Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin and Richard Crenna. After a flight back home, Sam Hendrix returns with a doll he innocently acquired along the way. As it turns out, the doll is actually stuffed with heroin, and a group of criminals led by the ruthless Roat has followed Hendrix back to his place to retrieve it. When Hendrix leaves for business, the crooks make their move -- and find his blind wife, Susy, alone in the apartment. Soon, a life-threatening game begins between Susy and the thugs. Variety said "WAIT UNTIL DARK emerges as an excellent suspense drama, effective in casting, scripting, direction and genuine emotional impact." While the New York Times said "Once this build-up is accomplished—once the sinister plot is launched and the young woman suddenly realizes that she has been duped and is in grave peril—the shock and suspense of the situation hit the audience with almost the same force, I'd imagine, as they evidently hit her. And from here on, the tension is terrific and the melodramatic action is wild as the blind woman uses all her courage and ingenuity to foil her assailants and save her life." WAIT UNTIL DARK is available to rent for a modest fee from GooglePlay, YouTube, Amazon, Apple, Vudu and DirectTV HERE.