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No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)

 -  Comedy | Thriller  -  20 March 1968 (USA)
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A crafty serial killer plays a game of cat-and-mouse with a harried police detective trying to track him down.

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Christopher Gill
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Kate Palmer
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Morris Brummel
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Mrs. Brummel
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Inspector Haines
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Mr. Kupperman
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Alma Mulloy
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Belle Poppie
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Mrs. Himmel
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Detective Monaghan
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Lieutenant Dawson
Kim August ...
Sadie
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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 alfiehitchie

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Así no se trata a una dama  »

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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 »

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When reading about his first crime, Gill picks up a copy of the New York Times. In subsequent shots, the paper has changed to the Daily News. See more »

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Mrs. Brummel: That girl is a gem! An absolute gem! And I'll tell you something else...
Morris Brummel: What?
Mrs. Brummel: She reminds me of me!
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References The Last of the Secret Agents? (1966) See more »

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A QUIET PLACE
Lyric by Andrew Belling
Music by Stanley Myers
Arranged by Bill Traut
Sung by The American Breed
Courtesy of ACTA Records
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Steiger Steiger Steiger--a tour de force shoehorned into a decent thriller comedy
25 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)

A showpiece for Rod Steiger. He's a great actor, and he takes on the role of an actor taking on a variety of roles, one by one, as a killer with a few issues to work out. The other two people have full fledged roles but they end up secondary: Lee Remick marginally overacting a ditzy but charming young woman and George Segal in what might be the performance of his life as a low key detective.

Called a comic thriller by some, it hovers undecided...it's not a goofy comedy with thriller trappings like the 1960s Pink Panther movies, and it's not a thriller with some humor giving it humanity like much of Alfred Hitchcock's. So we flipflop from some really funny, if somewhat predictable, lines between the detective and his mother (about Jewish clichés) and some really chilling murder scenes, hammy but gruesome, too.

If you can rise to the surface and enjoy all the pieces as they come together, maybe swallowing a little during the overdone last ten minutes, it's a pretty intensely enjoyable farce and psychodrama.


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