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No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 20 March 1968 (USA)
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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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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Sylvia Poppie
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Mrs. Himmel
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Detective Monaghan
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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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Rod Steiger was initially approached to play the put-upon Jewish cop, not the fiendish serial killer - perhaps because he had recently had a great success playing a Jewish character in "The Pawnbroker", and because the cop was the hero. After he told the producer that whoever played the killer would steal the film, he was offered that part instead. It is worth noting that the part of the killer has been greatly expanded in the film from William Goldman's novel, where the cop is definitely the central character. See more »

Goofs

With the exception of the article headlined WIDOW SLAIN, in the close-up of a newspaper page about the first murder all the stories are gibberish, with stories beginning in mid-sentence and so on. See more »

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Mrs. Brummel: I am sick at my heart when my own son goes looking at dead women's naked bodies. I tell you Morris, it is no way to treat a lady.
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The Fifth Victim
Written by Stanley Myers
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He stalks. He kills. His mother made him do it!
20 July 2004 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Rod Steiger is excellent as Christopher Gill, a hammy theater manager and psychotic master of disguise. Gill stalks and kills various women all due to his love/hate relationship with his dead mother, who was a respected stage actress. He uses his talents of disguise as a plumber; a priest; and policeman to gain the confidence of his victims. He starts a cat-and-mouse game with a NYPD detective Morris Brummel(George Segal),who himself is quite the "mama's boy" still living with his mother. At every chance she tries to shame him for being a Jewish cop. Gill begins calling in tips of his crimes to Brummel, who is slowly putting together the clues to the serial killings; and on the back burner trying to figure out his feelings for his new girlfriend(Lee Remick). The Segal/Remick relationship seems no more than a silly teen-aged romance. Steiger is perfect for the role. Segal's character needs a backbone. Remick works effortlessly and is so easy to look at. In supporting roles are:Murray Hamilton and Eileen Heckart. Very interesting to say the least.


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