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Director:
Writers:
Leon Griffiths (screenplay)
James Hadley Chase (based on novel by "No Orchids for Miss Blandish")
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Release Date:
2 September 1971 (Italy) See more »
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Tagline:
The psychotic killer, the young heiress...the kidnapping that becomes a love story.
Plot:
Set in the 1920s Depression, a gang of half-witted small-time hoods led by Slim Grissom kidnap heiress... See more » | Add synopsis »
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overlong, pretentious B-movie See more (17 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Robert Aldrich 
 
Writing credits
Leon Griffiths (screenplay)

James Hadley Chase (based on novel by "No Orchids for Miss Blandish")

Produced by
Robert Aldrich .... producer
William Aldrich .... associate producer
Walter Blake .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc  (as Joesph Biroc)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Luciano 
Frank J. Urioste 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Art Direction by
James Dowell Vance 
 
Set Decoration by
John Brown 
 
Costume Design by
Norma Koch 
 
Makeup Department
Jean Austin .... hair stylist
William Turner .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Malcolm R. Harding .... assistant director
William A. Morrison .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
John La Salandra .... construction coordinator
Maurice Larson .... painter
Don Pringle .... greensman
Ygnacio Sepulveda .... prop master
 
Sound Department
Richard S. Church .... sound
Van Allen James .... sound effects editor
Milo B. Lory .... sound effects
George Malley .... sound recordist
Harry W. Tetrick .... recording supervisor
Mickey Cureton .... cable person (uncredited)
Morris Feingold .... boom operator (uncredited)
Donald F. Johnson .... cable (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Henry Millar Jr. .... special effects
 
Stunts
Dick Durock .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Alvin Hammer (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Jackman .... camera operator
Kenny Bell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Gilbert .... electrical engineer (uncredited)
Gilbert Haimson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Orville Hallberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
William Hanna II .... gaffer (uncredited)
Robert Merry .... best boy (uncredited)
Rik Nervik .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Schwake Jr. .... head grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucia De Martino .... wardrobe: women
Charles E. James .... wardrobe supervisor: men
 
Music Department
Scott Perry Jr. .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Pat Miller .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Gary .... script supervisor
Patricia Heade .... production assistant
Alex Romero .... choreographer
Robert Sherman .... dialogue supervisor
Dave Davies .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Don Record .... title designer (uncredited)
 

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128 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Robert Aldrich earned so much money off the back of his film The Dirty Dozen (1967) that he was able to buy his own film studio and make the kind of films he wanted to make. Unfortunately the first three that he made independently (The Killing of Sister George (1968), The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) and Too Late the Hero (1970)) were all box office flops. When this movie also crashed and burned at the box office in 1971, Aldrich was forced to sell his studio and go back to being a director for hire.See more »
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Eddie Hagan:How come you never get your ass out of bed?
Anna Borg:Well, it's the place you seem to like it the most.
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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
overlong, pretentious B-movie, 30 June 2009
Author: (winner55) from United States

The Grissom Gang should have been a great film. WIth its vicious comic sense, hard-boiled crime story and Gothic overtones, and of course its episodes of wild violence, this would have made a wonderful 80 minute B-movie. Unfortunately, at 125 minutes, it's way overlong. The middle seems to go on and on, during which not much happens beyond the ersatz courting of the kidnap victim by her psycho-hick kidnapper. Within any one scene, the pacing is rather good, creating a tension that leads one on for at least one viewing; but the pacing scene-to-scene is atrocious, and there are a lot of scenes that should have been cut or reduced to mere snippets. The role of the private detective should have been broader, but he doesn't really figure into the story until the final third and by then there's no real reason to get interested in his point of view. The kidnap victim's changes of heart are not well handled, partly because the role is given to Kim Darby, an unattractive actress of limited range. The acting throughout is intentionally over the top, rather as we saw from the AIP gangster films of the same era (eg., St. Valentine's Day Massacre and Bloody Mama), but those films used the broad performances to quicken the pace. Here the saggy pacing allows the camp of the performances to appear unintentional and thus flawed. Aldritch, taking his cue from the imprisonment of the kidnap victim, has given the film a sense of stuffy claustrophobia - most of the film seems to take place in small rooms. If the film were shorter and the drama heightened by more focused performances, this could have been effective, but as it is, one rushes to the window gasping for air after the movie's over. Finally, one has to note the confusing soundtrack which, though original, manages to sound cut-and-paste.

Aldritch can certainly take credit for the best of the film, but he has to take blame for the worst of it as well. He seems to be trying to make James Hadley Chase into another William Faulkner, and I'm afraid that can't be done. Aldritch needed to let Chase be Chase and make a tight slam-bang actioner; if he wanted to do Faulkner's "Sanctuary," he should have bought the rights to that novel instead.

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