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The Todd Killings (1971)

Based on the true story of '60s thrill-killer Charles Schmidt ("The Pied Piper of Tucson"), Skipper Todd (Robert F. Lyons) is a charismatic 23-year old who charms his way into the lives of ... See full summary »

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Skipper Todd
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Billy Roy
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Roberta
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Amata (as Sherry Miles)
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Norma
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Sam Goodwin
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Mrs. Roy
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Mrs. Mack
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Fred Reardon
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Mrs. Todd
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Detective Shaw
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Based on the true story of '60s thrill-killer Charles Schmidt ("The Pied Piper of Tucson"), Skipper Todd (Robert F. Lyons) is a charismatic 23-year old who charms his way into the lives of high school kids in a small California town. Girls find him attractive and are only too willing to accompany him to a nearby desert area to be his "girl for the night." Not all of them return, however. Featuring Richard Thomas as his loyal hanger-on and a colorful assortment of familiar actors in vivid character roles including Barbara Bel Geddes, Gloria Grahame, Edward Asner, Fay Spain, James Broderick and Michael Conrad. Written by alfiehitchie

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4 August 1972 (Finland)  »

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What Are We Going to Do Without Skipper?  »

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Final film of Guy Wilkerson. See more »

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Roberta: You actually came to see me without any of your baby-pimps? Wow. How do I rate that honor?
Skipper Todd: I just loved your performance at the pool.
Roberta: So, you're the one who rides the dune buggy and "services" the little girls huh?
Skipper Todd: Oh yes... and speaking of little girls, how old are you?
Roberta: 16. Just about your speed too, isn't it?
Skipper Todd: Ha-ha! It's a good age. It's a little over the hill these days, but it will do.
Roberta: How old are you?
Skipper Todd: 23
Roberta: Why don't you do something besides hang around the pool.
Skipper Todd: I'm a songwriter. I'm gonna ...
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26 July 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Based loosely on real life killer, Charles Schmidt (sp?), the Pied Piper of Tucson, 'The Todd Killings' is a marvelous, underrated gem.

There is much to love about this movie. The cast are terrific. Most notable are the lead performances; Robert F. Lyons is truly outstanding, infusing his character with a giddy mix of indifference and charm. He manages to seduce the girls, impress the guys and squirm his way through a police interrogation with absolute ease.

Praise must go to the gorgeous Belinda Montgomery (Doogie Howser's mom). She looks thoroughly enticing and gives a soft, natural performance that looks like it was bathed in 70's sunshine.

Adding to the pleasure is the location shooting, making full use of what appears to be a small, sleepy Northern California town. One notable highlight being Skipper and Billy at a Jack in the Box restaurant - complete with an old-school JB clown logo and the menu displaying stupidly low prices (35 cents for a hamburger).

But this is no mere exploitation flick. The filmmakers have taken care with every detail and it shows. The relationship between Skipper and his Mom is perfectly addressed while she nobly attempts to defend him in the face of an angry mother accusing Skipper of hiding information on her daughter's whereabouts. Their two worlds are miles apart.

There is much to go on about here, but in the end, I simply can't recommend this film highly enough. This is the real deal.


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