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Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)

California State Police Captain Sam Surcher investigates a string of teenage girl murders at Oceanfront High School.

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Tiger
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Surcher
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Ponce
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Proffer
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Poldaski
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Follo
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Grady
Susan Tolsky ...
Miss Craymire
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Gretchen Carpenter ...
Marjorie (as Gretchen Burrell)
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Hilda
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Yvonne
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Polly
June Fairchild ...
Sonny
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There's murder at a California high school, where female students are being targeted by an unknown serial killer, a married teacher hides his flings with nubile students, and an awkward male is frustrated by the plethora of uninhibited freewheeling young girls. Written by HC

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A good football coach can get away with murder. See more »


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12 July 1971 (Sweden)  »

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A young Cybill Shepherd was offered a role as one of the murder victims but turned it down. It would have been her feature debut. See more »

Goofs

In the overhead shot of Jill Fairbutt's dead body, the note is pinned to her right hip, and her pulled-up skirt is well above the top of her panties. In the closeup where Ponce reaches for the note, it is centered on her hips, and her skirt touches the top of her panties. See more »

Quotes

Michael 'Tiger' McDrew: [Deciding to go ahead with the scheduled football game] We play on Friday. Once you start retreating, life will drag you down.
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Referenced in 'Allo 'Allo!: Pretty Maids All in a Row (1987) See more »

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Chilly Winds
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Mike Curb
Performed by The Osmonds
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Wow! Excellent film!
24 August 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Wow! What an intelligent film! Roger Vadim (director) and Gene Roddenberry (screen writer) take what could have been a teen titillation flick and mold it smoothly into a tense psychological drama.

The film moves from innocent voyeurism to chilling unconscionable murder.

Michael "Tiger" McDrew (Rock Hudson) is the school psychologist who encourages boys via sports and girls via sex. He is an ex-football hero who status as a national icon gives him a sense of invulnerability.

His downfall starts when his female students want more from him than just sexual favors. One by one, the girls profess their love for him and their desire to be his wife. There's only problem, his off campus life includes a lovely wife (Barbara Leigh) and young daughter (Stephanie Mizrahi).

So, one by one, his "pretty maids" start showing up on campus dead. Telly Savalas (Captain Sam Surcher) is superb as the investigator. Check out his lieutenant, Follo (James Doohan).

The second story line, in which awkward student, and `Tiger' McDrew protégé, Ponce De Leon Harper (John David Carson) comes of age with the help of his teacher Miss Betty Smith (a GORGEOUS Angie Dickinson), is handled in a sweet and sensitive manner.

The film is clever from start to finish and the ending suggests a sequel, which to my knowledge, never came to be.


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