A 1971 psychological thriller film, the directorial debut of Clint Eastwood.
Dave Garver (Eastwood) is a womanizing overnight DJ who constantly gets calls from a woman asking him to play the song "Misty". He eventually meets the woman, named Evelyn (Jessica Walter), and has a one-night-stand with her. Evelyn insists on making herself part of Dave's life and, at first, Dave likes the attention. However, his ex-girlfriend Tobie (Donna Mills) moves back to town and Dave decides to patch things up. After he attempts to tell Evelyn that he's not interested, she responds by attempting suicide. Dave and Tobie get closer, but Evelyn isn't going to take it and tries any way she can to keep Dave to herself, even if it means getting rid of Tobie for good...
This film contains examples of:
- Author Appeal: Eastwood's hometown (Carmel, California) and favorite genre of music (Jazz) are spotlighted throughout the film.
- Ax-Crazy: Evelyn gets more violent as the film goes on.
- Black Dude Dies First: Averted. The first of the two people Evelyn attacks in the movie is Dave's black housekeeper, but she survives, although her involvement in the plot does end there.
- The Cameo: Don Siegel, who directed Eastwood in such films as Two Mules for Sister Sara and Dirty Harry, appears as Murphy the bartender.
- Disney Villain Death: Evelyn is accidentally pushed off a cliff by Dave.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Evelyn (Dark) has brown hair, stalks Dave and has a violent side. Tobie (Light) is blonde, sweet, and genuinely loves Dave
- Scenery Porn: The Carmel-Monterey coastline is shown to great effect, most memorably the way the waves dominate the frame as Dave and Tobie walk on the in the "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" sequence.
- Stalker with a Crush: Notably, this is something of an Unbuilt Trope. Rather than the modern Double Standard of female stalkers being Played for Laughs, Dave is clearly sympathetic, and for the majority of the movie trying to do the right thing. He wants to get back with his ex, and he's trying to put Evelyn down as gently as possible. Evelyn, on the other hand, is portrayed as horrible.
- Title Drop: Long before they even meet, Evelyn regularly calls in to Dave's radio show and asks him to "play 'Misty' for me".
- Yandere: Probably one of the earliest examples of a female character pursuing her love interest to the point of being willing to commit homicide. This example predates both Alex Forrest from Fatal Attraction and Annie Wilkes from Misery.