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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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Motel Hell 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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Trivia:
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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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Motel Hell, 25 October 2008
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

A lot of talent is wasted in this turgid misfire. At this point in his career, director Howard W. Koch had proved himself an efficient overseer of crime dramas-- Big House USA; Shield for Murder et al. Here however his usual expert pacing dissolves into a number of static, uninvolving scenes with way too much dialogue for a slasher film.

Then too, note the lack of reaction when suspect Frankie backs into a log-cutting machine. The sheriff (John Dehner) and his deputy merely stand there expressionless, with no help from the director, after observing what is presumably a very gory accident. My guess is that Koch took one look at the script and decided to walk through the rest.

In fact, the real problem is the script, which is about as confusing as a whodunit gets. Note the five-minute explanation Dehner has to deliver in order to tie-up loose ends in the movie's last scene. Not only is his solution as complicated as a problem in higher math, but I suspect the audience has long since lost interest, anyway. Not helping either is Ron Randell's teeth-clenching attempt to play the role of a mordantly depressed cripple. But then, who could bring off all that goofy sarcasm that the script sticks in his mouth.

The real crime is not using such ace performers as Marie Windsor and Anne Bancroft to better effect, especially Windsor whose role could have been filled by a dozen lesser actresses. Note also how sexpot Mamie Van Doren's one big high-cleavage scene is highlighted. No doubt that one showed up on all the promotion posters during the age of the busty blonde. Also wasted is the spectacularly scenic landscape around Kanab, Utah, where the movie was filmed. Instead, the action only leaves the nondescript resort grounds once, to go to the lumber mill.

In fact the whole production seems a curious affair-- almost like a bunch of Hollywood types suddenly found themselves at the same Southwestern resort and decided to shoot a movie, typing up the script each night after a heavy cocktail hour. Anyhow, whatever the backstory, the resulting film amounts to a plodding and talky misfire that likely never got closer than the farthest drive-in from town.

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