Baffled!

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Baffled!
US/UK | 1973| 90 minutes
Starring Leonard Nimoy, Susan Hampshire, Rachel Roberts, Vera Miles
Directed by Philip Leacock

Race car driver Tom Kovack (Leonard Nimoy) experiences a psychic vision during a race, causing a near deadly crash. In what must be the worst public relations gaffe ever (sorry chum, but surrender your driver’s license at once), Tom recounts the details of his vision—a screaming woman and her child in peril on an English country estate—during a TV interview. After watching the broadcast, paranormal expert Michele Brent (Susan Hampshire) tries to convince him that what he experienced was a premonition, and that the woman’s life is actually in jeopardy. Is this chick coming on to me? Baffled!

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Kovack dismisses Michele’s admonitions until a second vision, including what appears to be his own drowning death, overcomes his doubts. Michele finds the location of Tom’s premonition—a hotel in Devon—in a book of English country houses, and they travel to England together. Upon checking in, they meet American actress Andrea Glenn (Vera Miles) and her daughter (Jewel Blanch), there to reunite with Andrea’s estranged English husband. Is Andrea the woman from my vision? Baffled!

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But something is not right with Andrea’s husband, and her daughter begins acting strangely “mature” for her years. In addition to the creepy Mrs. Farraday (Rachel Roberts), mistress of the house, the other guests—Italian engineer Verelli (Christopher Benjamin) and the swinging Tracewell couple (Ray Brooks, Angharad Rees)—all seem to be behaving suspiciously. Tom’s deadly visions continue as he attempts to uncover the mystery and save his own life. Is Verelli even really an Italian? Baffled!

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Baffled! plays like a standard hour-long TV episode rattling about in a movie format. Nimoy and Hampshire are appealing leads, traipsing around the hotel and grounds looking for clues from Tom Kovac’s psychic visions, although Nimoy suffers from some awkwardness and clunky delivery. The final reveal is, perhaps unintentionally, quite amusing in manner perhaps more suitable to Leonard Nimoy’s other television show (no, not that one), Mission: Impossible! Why was this pilot not picked up as a series? Baffled!

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