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Alan J. Smith (original screenplay)
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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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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Double the Cheating, Double the Fun, 24 May 2003
Author: sf_fred from San Francisco, CA, USA

"Scream of the Butterfly" is surprisingly enjoyable for a low-budget, black and white film about a complex plot involving gold-digging, a homosexual relationship, and multiple adultery. The movie is structured as a set of conversations between district attorneys and defense psychologists framing flashbacks leading up to the opening scene that shows Marla Williams (played by Nelida Lobato - related to director Eber Lobato?) standing in front of a car and arguing with the male driver. The driver hits the gas, and Marla goes down. It turns out that Marla was a nude bubble-bathing gold-digger who married rich tycoon Paul Williams (played by William Turner). No sooner had Marla taken off her wedding dress, than she was already looking for someone new. She picked up cute, often-shirtless David (played by Nick Novarro) on the beach. Hubby Paul can't swim; Marla got an evil idea. But who is that drunk guy who keeps talking to David? Everyone gets a surprise. Especially at the end. The story is well told, and the camera work is all right. The acting is moderate. The gay angle is sympathetic in parts, but one character is very self-loathing; 1965 was well before Stonewall, after all. Enjoyable short, cheapie film.

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