Family Plot

Synopsis: The trickster Madam Blanche Tyler lures the elder millionaire Julia Rainbird that believes she is a spiritualist. After a séance, she discovers that Julia is tormented by her past, when she forced her sister and single mother Harriet to deliver her baby for adoption to avoid a family scandal. Julia promises the small fortune of ten thousand-dollar to Blanche if she finds her nephew and heir of her fortune using her phony powers. Blanche asks her boyfriend George Lumley, who is an unemployed actor working as cab driver, to investigate the whereabouts of Julia's nephew. Meanwhile, the greedy jeweler and collector Arthur Adamson kidnaps wealthy people with his girlfriend Fran to increase his collection of diamonds with the ransom. When George concludes that Arthur Adamson might be the heir of Julia Rainbird, the reckless Blanche gets in trouble with the kidnappers.
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

you arranged to have...

your sister Harriet's

baby given away

without a trace.

And now your bad dreams

and troubled conscience

tell you...

to find the grown-up

person, take him

into the family...

and bestow

your wealth on him.


Thank you.

And why did

I force my sister

to give the child away?

I guess the kid

was a... illegitimate,

Miss Rainbird.

I don't want you

to think me a puritan,

Madame Blanche.

But 40 years ago,

an unmarried mother...

was not the commonplace

it is nowadays.

And in a family like ours,

a scandal had to be

covered up at all costs.

I understand.

And I'm still

sufficiently old-fashioned,

and sufficiently protective

of the Rainbird name,

to want to seek

the missing heir...

in a private

and secret fashion,

rather than go

to detective agencies...

and put notices

in the newspapers.

A most wise decision,

Miss Rainbird.

Well, now, suppose

we get to the reason...

for my sending for you.

I'm 78 years of age.

I would like

to go to my grave

with a quiet conscience.

Particularly as I know

that my only heir

is out there somewhere,

deprived by my acts

of his true Rainbird name.

Will you help me

with your powers?

If in your heart

you believe that I can,

then I owe it

to both of us

to try, Miss Rainbird.

No, I'm too old

for trying.

I've only time enough

left for results!

Find him for me, Madame Blanche.

Use your spirit-control,

your "Henry."

Get through to my sister.

Find her son,

whoever he is,

wherever he is,

and I'll pay you $10,000.


Only if you genuinely

wish to, Miss Rainbird.

But let's

not think of this

as a payment to me.

There are many causes

dear to my heart,

which need

all the charity

the worid can spare.

You've no idea

how refreshing it is

for a woman of my wealth...

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Ernest Lehman

Ernest Paul Lehman was an American screenwriter. He received six Academy Award nominations during his career, without a single win. more…

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