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

Henry, my ass.

It was me.

It's always me.

Without my research,

you're about as psychic

as a dry salami.

Nasty. Nasty, nasty.

I'm sick and tired

of having you hang me

by the crystal balls.

Leave your crystal balls

out of this, George.

No, let's leave Henry

out of this and keep

the bullshit for your customers.

You're jealous of him,

aren't you?

Oh, please, Blanche.

I like yourjealousy.

It's your driving that stinks.

Hey, look.

I happen to be an actor,

not a cab driver.

I can play cab drivers,

but I sure as hell don't

have to drive like one.

Well, until I can collect

from Julia Rainbird,

I'm afraid you're

gonna have to go on

playing a cab driver.

Neither of us

seems to be very fond

of starving to death.

Well, how are we supposed

to collect? How much is this

Rainbird whale gonna spout up?

Also, you're gonna have

to go on playing a private eye.

Christ, no! I've had it

playing private eyes.

Christ, yes!

Now, George.

Stop blaspheming.

You wanna put the curse

on ten big ones?

Now, wait a minute,


- Did you say ten big ones?

- Mm-hmm.

Ten thousand?


- Dollars?

- Dollars, George!

Now, Blanche,

you got any idea...

what you and I could do

with ten grand?

Mm-hmm. We could

even get married.

What are you always

a wet blanket for?

Oh, you flatter me so.

Well, what's the deal?

What do we have to do?

I'll tell you about it

in bed, afterwards.

Aw, come on, Blanche.

Give me a hint.

Just a little...


All right.

Find one man. That's all.

Well, we've had

to do worse than that.

What's his name?


Ah... nobody knows.

Well, who is he?

That's a problem.

Nobody knows.

Where is he?

- Nobody knows.

Well, for chrissake!

You mean, nobody knows,


Nobody knows his name,

or where he is,

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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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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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