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Alan J. Smith (original screenplay)
Howard Veit (additional scenes and dialogue)
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15 December 1965 (USA) See more »
A beautiful woman marries a rich man for his money, then embarks on an affair and plans to use her boyfriend to help murder her husband. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Nélida Lobato ... Marla Williams
Nick Novarro ... David
Richard Beebe ... Ron Vesario (Public Defender)
Robert Miller ... District Attorney Michael Farmer
John Richards ... Phil (Assistant District Attorney)

Leona Gage ... Kathy
John Fife ... Adair
Alan J. Smith ... Christian
William Turner ... Paul Williams
Britt Nelson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ron Haydock ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Eber Lobato 
Howard Veit (uncredited)
Writing credits
Alan J. Smith (original screenplay)

Howard Veit (additional scenes and dialogue)

Produced by
Alan J. Smith .... producer
William Turner .... producer
Howard Veit .... producer
Original Music by
John Neel 
Cinematography by
Ray Dennis Steckler 
Makeup Department
Gork Phystri .... makeup artist
Production Management
Joseph Bardo .... production manager
Phil Jackson .... unit manager
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Dennis Steckler .... camera operator (as Ray Steckler)
William G. Troiano .... camera operator: second unit (as Bill Toriano)
Music Department
John Neel .... conductor
Other crew
Mary Demos .... script girl
Jane Keller .... script girl
Eber Lobato .... choreographer

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Glorious Nelda and Nick!, 7 June 2010
Author: jery-tillotson-1 from United States

Grindhouse regulars must've been shocked in l965 when this way-above-average exploitation film began its cycle on the marquees of theaters along 42nd Street. Scream of the Butterfly is strikingly photographed by Ray Stickler who used bright, white lighting that brings out the striking beauty of its female star--the incomparable Nelda Lobato, famous at that time as a dancer and singer. She's shown here as the evil, man-eating sex-pot Marla who marries a rich man but who grovels and swallows her equally gorgeous boy toy, Nick Navarro. The latter was also an aberration in the soft-core flicks of that era because he was so sexy looking. Most of the male leads were heavy, middle-aged looking slobs. Nelda has several crowd-pleasing moments when her perfectly proportioned body is revealed. The strongest moment in the film comes when Marla and her stud make love in the surf as a thunderstorm rages. The music is perfectly crafted to enhance this moment and raises this well-done movie to memorable heights. As was typical of that era, although Nelda is completely nude in her love scenes, her boyfriend always keeps his pants on, even while rolling with her in the waves. Eber Lobato, who produced this movie, was the lucky husband of the silver-haired sex queen who never made another movie--what a shame and a loss.

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