Cast & Crew
British student April Haddon, attending an American college in California, is summoned home to England when her father is killed in a boating accident. April is welcomed back to Dawmouth by her stepmother, Florence, a former nurse who cared for April's mother before her untimely death. April is perplexed by her father's mishap, knowing him to be an expert sailor, and later, is incredulous when Florence reveals that April's mother died from drinking. After drinking a cup of coffee given to her by Florence, April falls into an unusually deep sleep and misses her father's funeral. When her stepmother insists that April passed out after consuming an entire bottle of brandy, April grows alarmed by the thought that Florence drugged her. Soon after, April learns that her father's will states that Florence will inherit the entire estate if April should die before her twenty-first birthday, which is three weeks away. Convinced that Florence has arranged her parents' deaths and now fearful for her own safety, April confides her suspicions to a sympathetic school friend, young physician Michael Elder, and also to the local police. The officials angrily refute April's charges, however, pointing out the high regard with which Florence is held throughout the town due to her many philanthropic works. April continues to make discoveries that convince her of Florence's guilt, unaware that Florence has meanwhile succeeded in portraying April to the village as an irresponsible alcoholic like her mother. One afternoon, Florence drugs April and places her in a pilotless motorboat, intending to send the boat in the direction of a jagged reef. Unknown to Florence, Michael witnesses the incident and rescues April before the boat smashes against the reef. Convinced that she has cleared the way to inherit the Haddon estate, Florence is shocked when April returns with Michael and the police. Accused of killing the Haddons, Florence suffers a mental breakdown as she is placed under arrest.
Stanley Van Beers
Charles A. Leeds
The working title of this film was Before I Wake, which was also its release title in Britain, where the film was shot. The credits and plot summary were taken from reviews.