Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate (1971)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Mystery  |  9 November 1971 (USA)
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Four elderly ladies with a lot of time on their hands get the idea to create a fictional "girl" for a computer dating service. However, things take a turn for the worse when their ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Tate Curtis
Mal Weston
Evelyn Tryon
Shelby Saunders
Elizabeth Gibson
John Beradino ...
Det. Hallum
Larry D. Mann ...
Police Sergeant Lutz
Barbara Davis ...
Paul Smith ...
Diane Shalet ...
Ruth Mellon
Nora Denney ...
Trudy (as Dodo Denney)
Patrecia Wynand ...
Leonidas Ossetynski ...
John Mitchum ...
Mr. Tubbs


Four elderly ladies with a lot of time on their hands get the idea to create a fictional "girl" for a computer dating service. However, things take a turn for the worse when their description of the "girl" attracts a psychopath. Written by

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Helen Hayes, Myrna Loy, Mildred Natwick and Sylvia Sidney are in their twilight years, but don't tell them that. They're spry and ready to shake up their monotonous life. At least Helen does. She has taken to the idea of joining one of those computerized dating groups in this 1971 TV movie. Hence the title. That's what they say about the form that is inserted into the database. They have made up an imaginary young lady, Rebecca Meade, and her fictional statistics to have a little fun and to while away the hours. What they didn't count on was a disturbed prospect, played too well by Vince Edwards. Myrna Loy provides the voice of reason at all stages of this outlandish enterprise, and Sylvia Sidney is her usual sweet yet quirky self. But perhaps the best scene stealers of the film are Helen Hayes, who is thriving on the excitement and Mildred Natwick who is given some of the best lines and whose character must have been quite a tease in her day. When Vince makes an advance on "Rebecca," they rebuff him, which only gives him the impetus to go off the deep end. This was a very entertaining, short and surprisingly well written film. The law is played by John Beradino, of "General Hospital" fame, and you can tell that Sylvia really takes a liking to him in their few scenes together. For a good time with some good actresses, "Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate" is the place to be. They keep things happening.

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