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Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (1969)

M  |   |  Thriller  |  2 July 1969 (USA)
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A mentally disturbed man stalks a woman who had once aborted the child he had fathered.

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Cathy Palmer
Paul Burke ...
Jack Byrnes
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Meg Stone
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Kenneth Daly
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Joe Menchell
Walter Brooke ...
Jerry Wolfe
Mathilda Calnan ...
Ilsa (as Matilda Calnan)
Gene Lyons ...
Dr. Blanker
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Dr. Parkington
Barry Cahill ...
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A mentally disturbed man stalks a woman who had once aborted the child he had fathered.

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Cita con el miedo  »

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According to LA Times, producers originally sought Marlo Thomas, Candice Bergen or Jane Fonda for role that went to Carol White. See more »

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When the train pulls into the station the last commuter coach where Cathy Palmer is traveling is SP 3703, but in the next shot where we see Cathy exit the coach the number has changed to SP 3709. See more »

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Daddy's Gone A-Hunting
Lyrics by Dory Previn
Music by John Williams
Sung by Lyn Roman
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Thoroughly underrated
9 May 2010 | by (Cleburne, TX) – See all my reviews

After the man she's been seeing turns out to be mentally (and financially) unstable, Cathy aborts his baby and moves on with her life. She eventually marries a political hopeful and once again finds herself pregnant. While shopping for a crib, she sees her former flame, Kenneth, working as a department store Santa. He spots her too, but the real bad news for Cathy is that he notices she's carrying another child. Bad news for her and her baby, but would Kenneth resort to killing a child as vengeance for the death of his own?

Mark Robson (The Seventh Victim, Valley of the Dolls) directs this morbid little gem, a film with some rather potent subject matter, particularly for the time it was made. Melding the incredibly touchy subject of abortion with a psycho-suspense storyline, Robson crafts an effective film full of bizarre mood and situations. As Cathy becomes more and more guilty over what she did, we see how it works into her psyche, and images as simple as toys yapping on a table take on a rather perverse feeling that gets under the viewer's skin. Robson knows how to utilize such elements to their maximum effect, though never in an overly graphic manner. The use of subtlety and implied horror goes a long way here.

As Kenneth, Scott Hylands is one of the creepiest nutcases you'll see. He has the most unnerving eyes, and a rather blank glare that truly makes one feel uncomfortable. The scene where he learns of the abortion is downright chilling. He puts Cathy through some real psychological torment, one of the standout moments being a nasty surprise he leaves under her car. Carol White plays Cathy, and she's fine in the role, but I find her character to be quite unlikable due to her incessant bitchiness.

This is a great film, well acted, well directed... The climax is quite thrilling as well. This is not your typical psycho story, and it is really quite unique in it's storytelling. Disturbing and effective, I highly recommend this one.


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