Sorely lacking in protagonists that the audience can either like or identify with, FEMALE ON THE BEACH stars Crawford as the widow of a Las Vegas gambler who comes to Balboa, California, to take up residence in a beach house she's never seen. There Sterling, the realtor, exhibits behavior
that is quirky at best, and well-tanned beach bum Chandler walks around the house as though he has a proprietary interest in it. The former lessor, Evelyn, died when she was pushed or fell--no one is sure which--from a balcony. Detective Drake appears from time to time and lets Crawford know that
a mystery surrounds Evelyn's death. Crawford spots Chandler for what he is, a gigolo ...