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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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(screenplay), (novel)
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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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Jean
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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Storyline

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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R | See all certifications »

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12 July 1971 (Sweden)  »

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Querido profesor  »

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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rock Hudson, one of the biggest sex symbols of the time, plays Tiger, who is the school Lothario and spends half the movie bedding one girl after another. In 1984, it was disclosed that he was gay after being diagnosed with AIDS. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, we see Ponce approach three girls on his motorcycle. One of the girls gets on his bike and the other two walk away. As Ponce speeds off down the street, the other two girls have disappeared. 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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Connections

Referenced in Tommy Boy (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Chilly Winds
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Mike Curb
Performed by The Osmonds
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A killer time capsule
13 August 2006 | by (Azusa, CA) – See all my reviews

This was one of the most influential movies of my high school years.

And it's all thanks to French director Roger Vadim. Magnifique!

What a life Vadim must have led during the '60s & '70s. Yes, this is envy speaking.

Okay, some of the credit for this most enjoyably sly & funny little gem goes to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who, for this film went where he'd never gone before, bringing along James Doohan, aka, Scotty with him on this marvelous adolescent comedy sex fantasy/murder mystery.

The cast has a lot of fun, including Rock Hudson and the most heterosexual high school counselor in the universe (believe it); and Angie Dickenson as the sexiest teacher this side of my sophomore English teacher, Miss Lynn Segal at San Gabriel High (Angie has a stiffie-inducing seduction scene that'll ring most guy's bells like Quasimodo sure as hell never could).

In a wonderfully clueless comic role is Keenan Wynn. He's great. And a pre-Kojak Telly Savalas is the coolest police homicide detective in the history of cinema. High school chicks dig him.

John David Carson is ideal as Ponce, the shy, quiet, timid, virgin student who doesn't necessarily end up that way. Every girl he sees drives him crazy - and it's easy to see why. These babes are total! Joanna Cameron, Aimee Eccles, June Fairchild, Barbara Leigh as Rock's jaw-dropping wife, and the other "Pretty Maids" will bring eyesight to the blind. Wow!

I could go on, but why? If you like it, you like it. If not, try Von Stroheim or Bergman. I prefer Vadim. Pretty Maids All In A Row entrertained me then, and it entertained me one night in August 2006.


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