Alec Graham is sentenced to death for the murder of his girlfriend Jennie, with whom he was spending the night at the flat of the parents of his friend Brian Stanford. Alec's father, David Graham, a not-so-successful writer and alcoholic who has neglected his son in the past, flies in the day before the planned execution from Canada to visit his son on death row. Alec is resigned to his fate and not amenable to his father's attempts for a final reconciliation. David Graham, convinced of his son's innocence and, despite his preoccupation with himself and his own alcoholism, mounts a last-ditch effort to find the true murderer in the 24 hours remaining until the planned execution. Graham encounters the wealthy and famous car manufacturer Robert Stanford, tyrant at home and in the office and an apparent womanizer, Stanford's young, curiously troubled wife Honor, their ill-at- ease adopted son Brian, himself disturbed by his parents' relationship, and Vicky Harker, a young, brazen ...
IT all started with a scream...
Did You Know?
Early in the film, what is supposed to be a showroom for "Stanford" Motor cars is a Rootes showroom. The names Hillman and Commer, both Rootes products are clearly stenciled on the window. Also, the Stanford logo, visible on the office wall is simply the Mercedes Benz three-pointed star with a couple of extra circles. Later, the "Stanford" car that Robert Stanford drives at the proving ground is a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL gull-wing coupe, one of the most easily recognizable sports cars of the 1950's. See more
What did Alec say about me?
I got the impression you were about to write the greatest novel ever written. Did you?
In common with quite a lot of other writers... I had been about to write it for a very long time.
Referenced in Le mépris