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Director:
Writers:
Richard H. Landau (screenplay)
Peter Godfrey (story)
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Release Date:
24 September 1957 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She's every inch a teasing, taunting "Come-on" Blonde. See more »
Plot:
A party girl is murdered, and everyone at a Utah motel is a suspect. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Not Really "Good" But Ahead of its Time See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lex Barker ... David Hewson

Anne Bancroft ... Beth Dixon

Mamie Van Doren ... Harriet Ames
Ron Randell ... Edmund Parry

Marie Windsor ... Julia Parry

John Dehner ... Sheriff Jess Holmes
John Holland ... Norman Grant
Diana Van der Vlis ... Louise Miles (as Diana Vandervlis)
Richard H. Cutting ... Dr. John Aitkin (as Richard Cutting)
Larry Chance ... Indian Joe
Gene O'Donnell ... Joseph Felton
Gerald Frank ... Frankie Pierce
Karl MacDonald ... Deputy Fred

Norman Leavitt ... Amos

Stuart Whitman ... Prentiss
David Dwight ... Judge Ben Walters

Dan Blocker ... Mike, the Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Bennett ... Brackett (uncredited)
Mickey Whiting ... Deputy Hib (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard W. Koch 
 
Writing credits
Richard H. Landau (screenplay) (as Richard Landau)

Peter Godfrey (story "Wanton Murder")

Produced by
Aubrey Schenck .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
 
Cinematography by
William Margulies (photography)
 
Film Editing by
John F. Schreyer 
 
Production Design by
Jack T. Collis 
 
Set Decoration by
Clarence Steensen  (as Clarence Steenson)
 
Makeup Department
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist
Mary Westmoreland .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Torpin .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Arden Cripe .... property master
 
Sound Department
Charles Cooper .... sound re-recordist
Earl Cooper .... sound editor
Joe Edmondson .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Louis DeWitt .... special photographic effects
Jack Rabin .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Herschel Brown .... key grip
Ben Colman .... camera operator
Joseph Edesa .... lighting technician (as Joe Edesa)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angela Alexander .... wardrobe
Wesley Jeffries .... wardrobe (as Wesley Jefferies)
 
Music Department
Sam E. Waxman .... music editor (as Sam Waxman)
 
Other crew
Kathleen Fagan .... script supervisor
Paul Wurtzel .... production coordinator
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Black Stockings" - USA (alternative title)
"Wanton Murder" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
75 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #18281)
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Completed in 1956, but not released until September 1957.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Bikers, Blondes and Blood (1993) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Not Really "Good" But Ahead of its Time, 8 December 2013
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

The Girl in Black Stockings (1957)

** (out of 4)

Bizarre thriller set in a Utah resort where the body of a woman is found brutally sliced up. David Hewson (Lex Barker) was supposed to have gone out with the woman but instead went with someone else (Anne Bancroft) and soon he's looking into who did the brutal murder. It's important to note that THE GIRL IN BLACK STOCKINGS came out three years before PSYCHO or PEEPING TOM and while this film here isn't nearly as good as those two, it's worth saying that this one here beat them in regards to murder and mental illness. It also beat those two masterpieces by showing and discussing some graphic murder scenes first. This film here is too uneven and at times too poorly done to be considered "good" but I think fans of the genre are going to find enough interesting things here to make it worth viewing. I'm not going to ruin the ending but I will say that the final fifteen-minutes are extremely well done and manage to be quite creepy as well. I really liked how the film played itself out and once you see who is responsible and why the murders were done, well, it's very nicely handled. Barker, best known for his stint as Tarzan, does a pretty good job here as he's at least interesting enough to help the viewer go through the entire film. He manages to carry the film without a problem but Bancroft also deserves a lot of credit as she too is extremely good. Ron Randell is also good in his role as a paralyzed man and Marie Windsor, a noir vet, is good as his sister. Cult favorite Mamie Van Doren also briefly appears. Barker not only acted in the film but he also did the music score, which is quite effective. The problem with the film is that some of the supporting performances aren't all that memorable and there are times where the direction is a bit sloppy. Some of the dialogue could have been better written as well. Still, this film manages to set itself apart from a lot of other mysteries from this period and the good things here make it worth sitting through at least once.

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