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Leon Griffiths (screenplay)
James Hadley Chase (based on novel by "No Orchids for Miss Blandish")
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September 1971 (Japan) See more »
The psychotic killer, the young heiress...the kidnapping that becomes a love story.
Set in the Depression, a gang of half-witted small-time hoods led by Slim Grissom kidnap heiress Barbara... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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
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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The film was a particular dislike of UK BBFC censor John Trevelyan who extensively cut the 1971 cinema release for an 'X' certificate (the BBFC website incorrectly lists it as passing without cuts). The 2001 Fremantle DVD release is 15-rated and fully uncut.See more »
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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Scream Queen Heiress and the Man Who Loved Her, 24 February 2014
Author: Ed-Shullivan

I especially love the 1970's film making era, and with a seasoned director such as Robert Aldrich managing the cameras, I was sure I would not be disappointed with the Grissom Gang. The opening panoramic scene which takes place at a gas station/general store was vintage 1970's film making style, and I thought the film was off to a great start.

The movie takes place in the 1930's era and stars Kim Darby as Barbara Blandish who plays a rich and spoiled heiress who is kidnapped by a crew of semi smart gangsters who are led by a tough talking Ma Grissom played by Irene Dailey. Ma Grissom's slow witted son Slim Grissom who has never had physical contact of any kind with the opposite sex becomes infatuated with their kidnap victim Barbara. While in captivity Barbara is shown several times screaming her rich pretty little head off, thus the scream queen summary. The dim witted Slim takes a lot of verbal abuse from the other gang members as they like to make fun of his so called friendship with Barbara when in fact they know that after the ransom is paid, they will have to dispose of Barbara as she is the only living witness to their crime.

No plot is complete without including a weasel eyed gang member in the story line and who better to play this part than the venerable character actor Tony Musante who plays Eddie Hagan. Eddie expresses that he is more than up to the task of killing Barbara when the time is right because he knows how much that will just torment Slim who has fallen in love with Barbara.

As the law closes in on the gang, Barbara continues to try and escape and Slim promises to protect his new found love from the other gang members. Tempers flare amongst the gang members, and the audience is anticipating one of those great Bonnie and Clyde shootouts with the law. Director Robert Aldrich includes a number of car chases and shoot outs in the Grissom Gang, the three main characters are exposed to the audience for who they are and who they believe in. I wouldn't want to spoil a good ending so you will just have to watch it. I would not call this a great movie, but it is certainly worth a Sunday matinée watch. I give it a 6 out of 10, and I thank Robert Aldrich for another good film on his extensive resume which includes the classic and hard to find on DVD Choirboys, as well as box office bonanzas The Longest Yard, and the Dirty Dozen.

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