The Stepmother (1972)

R  |   |  Drama  |  26 October 1972 (USA)
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Returning home late one night from a business trip to Mexico, architect Frank Delgado finds the car of wealthy client Alan Richmond in his driveway. Suspecting that his wife Margo and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alejandro Rey ...
Frank Delgado
Inspector Darnezi
Katherine Justice ...
Margo Delgado (as Catherine Justice)
Dick Hill
Marlene Schmidt ...
Sonya Hill
Duncan McLeod ...
Chief Inspector
David Renard ...
Pedro Lopez
Rudy Herrera Jr. ...
Steve Delgado
Mike Kulcsar ...
Alan Richmond
Priscilla Garcia ...
Margaret Garcia ...
Lupé (as Margarite Garcia)
Gil Barreto ...
José (as Gilberto Berreto)
Bert Madrid ...
Mexican Businessman (as Burt Madrid)
Joe Snyder ...
Rookie Cop


Returning home late one night from a business trip to Mexico, architect Frank Delgado finds the car of wealthy client Alan Richmond in his driveway. Suspecting that his wife Margo and Richmond are having an affair, Frank attacks Richmond when he steps outside and strangles him to death. Although stunned by his action, Frank drives Richmond's body to the beach and, using a spade he brought from his home, buries the body in the sand. As he finishes the burial, Frank overhears a nearby, young, Latin couple's argument escalate into a fight, but drives away without being seen. The next morning as the police receive a report of the discovery of two bodies at the beach, Frank and Margo are awakened by the arrival of Frank's business partner Dick Hill, his wife Sonya and their friends, pornographic film director Goof and his wife Rita. Although reluctant, the tense Frank agrees to accompany the others to the beach house belonging to Richmond, for whom he and Dick are building another property. Written by

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Displayed on a chalkboard, on the wall in the police detectives' office, are the surnames of 10 members of the cast and crew under the heading "Narcotics Squad". See more »


[first lines]
Alan Richmond: Hey, Margo.
Margo Delgado: Alan, no. Please.
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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 8 (2002) See more »


Strange Are The Ways Of Love
(theme song)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Arranged by Robert Matthews
Vocal by Manuel
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the worst looking Oscar nominated movie
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Architect Frank Delgado returns to his home in Mexico. His wealthy client Alan Richmond forces himself on his wife Margo. Frank runs into Alan on his driveway. Suspecting them having an affair, Frank kills Alan and buries his body. He escapes without being seen by a fighting couple. The police investigates Alan's strangulation death but also the young Mexican woman. Dick Hill arrives with company to talk his business partner Frank into going to a beach house which belongs to Alan.

This movie starts off well with a murder. However the tension that is build up by the opening is lost as the movie struggles through a slow boring slough. This is possibly the worst looking movie I've ever seen that is nominated for an Oscar. Alejandro Rey is a pretty awful actor. The movie has a few good actors and Larry Linville could have been an interesting lead. The staging is very static and the bad direction drains away all of the tension.

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