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The Honeymoon Killers -- Martha Beck is sullen, overweight and heartbreakingly alone. Desperate for affection, she joins Aunt Carrie's Friendship Club and strikes up a correspondence with Ray Fernandez, a suave, charismatic smooth talker who could be the man of her dreams--or a wicked con artist bound for trouble.


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Release Date:
4 February 1970 (USA) See more »
One of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of American Crime. See more »
An obese, embittered nurse doesn't mind if her toupee-wearing boyfriend romances and fleeces other women, as long as he takes her along on his con jobs. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Shirley Stoler ... Martha Beck

Tony Lo Bianco ... Ray Fernandez
Mary Jane Higby ... Janet Fay

Doris Roberts ... Bunny
Kip McArdle ... Delphine Downing

Marilyn Chris ... Myrtle Young
Dortha Duckworth ... Mrs. Beck - Martha's Mother
Barbara Cason ... Evelyn Long
Ann Harris ... Doris
Mary Breen ... Rainelle Downing
Elsa Raven ... Matron
Mary Engel ... Lucy
Guy Sorel ... Mr. Dranoff
Michael Haley ... Jackson (as Mike Haley)
Diane Asselin ... Severns
William Adams ... Justice of the Peace (as Col. William Adams)
Eleanor Adams ... Mrs. Hand

Directed by
Leonard Kastle 
Donald Volkman (uncredited)
Writing credits
Leonard Kastle (written by)

Produced by
Paul Asselin .... associate producer
Warren Steibel .... producer
Cinematography by
Oliver Wood (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Brophy 
Stanley Warnow  (as Stan Warnow)
Production Management
Michael Haley .... production manager (as Mike Haley)
Sound Department
Tom Dillinger .... sound mixer
Fred Kamiel .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Berger .... assistant camera
Mike Grover .... lighting assistant
Richard Tenneson .... lighting assistant
Spencer Trova .... camera assistant
Bobby Vercruse .... head gaffer (as Robert Veracruse)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Martha Fogg .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Tikki Goldberg .... assistant editor
Janet Lauretano .... assistant editor
Other crew
Diane Asselin .... script girl
John Haley .... production assistant
Warren Steibel .... presenter
Paul Sweeney .... assistant to producer
Crew believed to be complete

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108 min | USA:115 min (original version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M (re-rating) (2004) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1971) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1971) | France:-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2005) | Norway:16 (1971) | Singapore:PG | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Director François Truffaut called this his favorite American film.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Martha and Myrtle have an argument and Myrtle tells Martha she intends to take "Charles" with her to Little Rock, a microphone is visible right next to Myrtle. It doesn't look like a boom mic, but rather a handheld one because you can definitely see someone moves it a little to catch Shirley Stoler's line.See more »
Martha Beck:Mama, I'm not your little girl!See more »
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19 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
great film, crappy title, 30 May 2005
Author: movieman_kev from United States

Biopic based on Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, a couple dubbed The Lonely Heart Killers. Martha is an obese nurse who is a sad and pathetic individual who meets a con-man Raymond through a Loney Hearts club. He swindles women into falling in love with him and bilks them out of their fortunes. Martha and Raymond are meant for each other as they're both despicable, hateful people. This film is among the best biopics that I've seen. And aside from a few fairly campy moments, it's acted marvelously.The decision to shoot in black and white was brilliant. A lot of films get praised highly and don't warrant it. But this film deserves every accolade praised upon it.

My Grade: A

DVD Extras: 30 minute Interview with Leonard Kastle; essay except with rare photos and clippings from Beck and Fernandez's trial and incarceration; Biographies, and Theatrical Trailer

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