Cinema: Coming Up Roses

Sylvia is a puzzle to her husband-to-be, Peter Lawford. She lives in a luxury neighborhood, grows prize roses, displays carefree décolletage, has no visible means of support except for a slim volume of her published poems entitled Moon Without Light. After scanning the verse (Oh preacher, I got these awful blues and a bellyful of sin), Lawford hires Private Eye George Maharis to find out: Who is Sylvia?

She turns out to be Carroll Baker, who dolls up many a flashback as Maharis treks across country jogging the memories of Viveca Lindfors, Edmond O'Brien,...

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