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Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Michael 'Tiger' McDrew
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Captain Sam Surcher
John David Carson ...
Ponce de Leon Harper
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Mr. Proffer
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Chief John Poldaski
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Follo
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Grady
Susan Tolsky ...
Miss Harriet Craymire
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Jean McDrew
Gretchen Parsons Carpenter ...
Marjorie (as Gretchen Burrell)
Aimée Eccles ...
Hilda Lee
JoAnna Cameron ...
Yvonne Millick
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Polly
June Fairchild ...
Sonny Swangle
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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.

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12 July 1971 (Sweden)  »

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Telly Savalas who play the police detective is acting very much like Kojak two years before the role that would make him a household name. See more »

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When Sunny Swingle records her message for Tiger, the reel of tape is near the end, but when Ponce plays it back, it is near the beginning. 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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