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Which old B&W horror movie features a man cross-dressing as a woman, who kills an old lady in a wheelchair and tries to kill another woman by knifepoint?

This is a really old psychological thriller, possibly from the 1950s. A woman (who may or may not have been in love with the man) comes to his house to find that he's married. She meets the wife who's taking care of her husband (unseen for the moment) and an old woman in a wheelchair. In one moment, there is a silhouette of the old lady moving slowly down the stairs via some electrical device. When she reaches the bottom, her head falls off in silhouette. The wife threatens the woman with a knife and she starts screaming for her male friend. Then the knife wielder tells her in a man's voice that "He" is here. The killer starts pulling off a wig and eyelashes (I think) and reveals that she is really a he. The film ends with a narrator warning not to tell the secret of the movie or the viewer will be killed.
asked Nov 28, 2016 in Name That Movie by QueenBoadicea (6 points)
retagged Nov 28, 2016 by QueenBoadicea

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Here i a trailer.
answered Nov 28, 2016 by Cinemanster (1,871 points)
selected Dec 5, 2016 by QueenBoadicea
This was a William Castle film and he was famous for the gimmicks he used to promote his films. This one had a 'fright break' and some kind of insurance in case you died of fright? I don't know about the warning at the end of the film but it seems like one of his gimmicks and it was an homage to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, which had the gimmick of not letting anyone in after the first 10(?) minutes, so I think Castle would have done something similar.
is this it? It seems people don't like to respond on this site either.
Excuse me for my late response. I have no home computer and don't always respond to my emails in what others consider a timely fashion. However, you are correct! This is the movie I remember seeing so very many years ago! Thank you for getting the answer for me so quickly.
Thank you for responding, could you select this as 'best answer'?