A psychologist tries an experiment by having a thief live in his house for six months with he and his wife. Good performances by all raise it above the luke warm story and an obvious ending. Worth seeing for the acting.
Frank Clemmons (Dick Bogarde) attempts to rob Dr.Clive Esmond (Alexander Knox). Esmond gets his gun. Instead of jail, Clive decides to have Frank move in for six months so he can try and see what makes him tick. Sally the maid wants nothing to do with it and gives her one week notice.
Frank gets bored and sneaks out to his old Jazz club hang out The Metro in Soho. He lies to Clive about going out but it doesn’t go over. Clive lets it go. Clive works a lot and isn’t usually home nights. Of course that leads Frank and Glenda Esmond (Alexis Smith) to spend a lot of time together.
Sally is on her way out for good when Frank bullies her and knocks her down saying she can’t leave until he says so. Glenda sees it all and Sally runs off. She goes to slug Frank but she’s so turned on her sleeping tiger wakes up and their hot and heavy affair begins.
A while later Frank and a friend break into a jewelry store. Inspector Simmons (Hugh Griffith) stops by his old friend Clive’s house. Frank denies he had anything to do with the robbery.
Frank and Glenda continue to heat up and he takes her to The Metro. Now she’s having fun. Some days later Frank leaves the house with Clive’s gun and forces a man to open his safe. The Inspector tells Clive he’ll get Frank for that one. Clive convinces Frank to give him the money so he can send it back anonymously.
Six months are up and the movie heads for the obvious. Too bad the acting was almost wasted in a mostly dull story.