Alfred Hitchcock's final film is understated comic fun that mixes suspense with deft humor, thanks to a solid cast. The plot centers on the kidnapping of an heir and a diamond theft by a pair of bad guys led by Karen Black and William Devane. The cops seem befuddled, but that doesn't stop a questionable psychic (Barbara Harris) and her not overly bright boyfriend (Bruce Dern, in a rare good-guy role) from picking up the trail and actually solving the crime. Did she do it with actual psychic powers? That's part of the fun of Harris's enjoyably ditsy performance. --Marshall Fine
Of course it is well woven. Of course there are some funny scenes. Of course the plot is simple and the qui pro quo is clear, for us. But the motivations are not very clear, and are not at all explored, be they those of the old rich lady, or those of the illegitimate son, or those of the would-be private eyes. So it is an easy entertaining film to watch, but neither frightening, nor hilarious, nor deeply disturbing, nor overpsychological. It is not one of Hitchcock's best films even if we have to reckon that the work is very clean and very professional and that the English is proper and in no way colloquial. It has all the qualities of a Hitchcock film but one : the soul-raking intricacy and depth, and the implacable logic of motivation and suspense : everything seems to be gratuitous and we know from the very start what is to happen in every single next scene. Just two pleasant odd hours.
This movie is great in every way. There is nothing that this movie lacks. It has suspense, humor, and a great sense of style. This is a movie that I recommend to everyone. A great Hitchcock movie. Go see it!