Christopher Gill is a psychotic killer who uses various disguises to trick and strangle his victims. Moe Brummel is a single and harassed New York City police detective who starts to get phone calls from the strangler and builds a strange alliance as a result. Kate Palmer is a swinging, hip tour guide who witnesses the strangler leaving her dead neighbor's apartment and sets her sights on the detective. Moe's live-in mother wishes her son would be a successful Jewish doctor like his big brother. Written by
The film was playing in Vallejo, California in April 1969, just after the Zodiac Killer murdered his first known victims, in Vallejo. Many criminologists believe that the Zodiac Killer was a movie buff or was influenced by motion pictures and gleaned quotes from movies for his taunting missives to the police, which began in August 1969, to the Vallejo Times-Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner. Others believe that he was from Vallejo. That "No Way To Treat a Lady" was about a serial killer who enjoys taunting the policeman on his trail makes it an interesting footnote to the Zodiac Killer case. See more »
When the cops are racing to Mr. Gill's theater they pass the same marquee (for "The Born Losers") twice. See more »
There have been many serial killer films over the years but this was one of the earliest and one of the best. It manages to be witty, suspenseful, funny and shocking in separate portions. Rod Steiger is very good in a role made for him but George Segal takes the acting honours because it's a much harder role and he does it so well. Lee Remick is fine also.
The best scene is the opening pre-credit sequence. It may look rather mundane at first but.....
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