Once You Kiss a Stranger... (1969)

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A woman seduces a professional golfer, then offers to kill his opponent if the golfer will kill her psychiatrist, who wants her committed.


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Credited cast:
Paul Burke ...
Peter Lind Hayes ...
Stephen McNally ...
Lt. Gavin
Dr. Haggis
Elaine Devry ...
Kathryn Givney ...
Aunt Margaret
Jim Raymond ...
George Fenneman ...
Orville Sherman ...
Maura McGiveney ...
Harriet Parker
Lee's Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Watkins ...


Jerry, a Southern California golf pro is the target for Diana a disturbed young woman who desires the death of her shrink, who alone realizes her psychotic potential and seeks to have her committed. She suggests to Jerry that they "swap" murders - she'll kill his golf rival and he'll reciprocate by killing her psychiatrist. When she holds up her half of the bargain, she expects him to follow through with his end. Written by alfiehitchie

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Once You Kiss a Stranger
Music by Jimmie Fagas
Lyrics by Ken Darby
Sung by Dick Addrisi
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Carol Lynley goes Bonkers!! What Fun!
25 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie can be a lot of fun, just don't take it too seriously. Several scenes border on camp, but I loved it anyway. Several late 1960's location shots of Los Angeles & Malibu (When it was still pretty, not like today, UGH!) also add to the ambiance. Carol Lynley sleeps with a golf pro to blackmail him into murdering her shrink. This movie is worth watching just to see Carol chase an elegantly dressed Martha Hyer on the beach while Carol tries to run her over with a dune buggy. (Those were the days! Try driving a dune buggy on a beach in California today!) This movie also boasts being way ahead of it's time with Carol owning her own VCR! (IN 1969!) Wow! She even caught her sexcapade on tape and this was years ahead of Rob Lowe. If this wasn't enough she visits her aunt and shows her the meaning of elderly abuse. They don't make 'em like this anymore, movie was panned at the time, but I think it's a lot of fun. Lush 60's sets and clothes, Los Angeles looking a hell of lot better than it does now, women slapping and trying to kill each other, cool 60's convertibles, what more could you ask for.

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