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The Stepmother (1972)

R | | Drama | 26 October 1972 (USA)
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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Frank Delgado
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Inspector Darnezi
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Margo Delgado (as Catherine Justice)
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Dick Hill
Marlene Schmidt ...
Sonya Hill
Duncan McLeod ...
Chief Inspector
David Renard ...
Pedro Lopez
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Rita
Rudy Herrera Jr. ...
Steve Delgado
Mike Kulcsar ...
Alan Richmond
Priscilla Garcia ...
Maria
Margaret Garcia ...
Lupé (as Margarite Garcia)
Gil Barreto ...
José (as Gilberto Berreto)
Bert Madrid ...
Mexican Businessman (as Burt Madrid)
Joe Snyder ...
Rookie Cop
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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 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 waomdb.blogspot.com

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After Frank leaves for Mexico, Margo flips through an issue of Playboy magazine. The issue was from August of 1968 and the cover featured Danish beauty Aino Korwa. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alan Richmond: Hey, Margo.
Margo Delgado: Alan, no. Please.
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Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 8 (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Strange Are The Ways Of Love
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Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Arranged by Robert Matthews
Vocal by Manuel
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Larry Linville was in this ... the one from MASH
19 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Awesome. I did a double take when I first saw him in this quirky little independent ditty from the early 70s. Just out of curiosity I looked at when he started work on MASH, and it was the same year. That explains his appearance, as I don't believe he would do this after international stardom, but I don't know if all the research in the world wide web could fully explain the movie.

It's really a movie in two parts: the first half(ish) is story of a husband with a temper and jealous streak and throughout the second half the title of the movie is explored a little more and fleshed out (pun intended). Typical incoherent, excuse for a young filmmaker to get his name out by throwing in gratuitous walking-out-of-bed or to-and-from- the-bathroom-shot drive-in cinema with a director that never graduated from the genre in his short (directorial) career. There are moments of interesting story or character development, and the title song was amazingly nominated for an Oscar, but overall this is only worth watching for someone with an interest in films from the 1970s.


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