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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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Margo Delgado (as Catherine Justice)
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Dick Hill
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Sonya Hill
Duncan McLeod ...
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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 ...
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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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The Oscar nomination for "Strange Are The Ways Of Love" for Best Song marked the only time a Crown International Picture title got an Oscar nomination. It lost to "The Morning After" from The Poseidon Adventure (1972). See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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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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More 70's drive-in fun from Crown International
30 January 2017 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

A hot-headed architect thinks his wife is cheating on him, which leads him to murder. Another, even worse guy gets the blame but the police still have suspicions. Meanwhile, the stress of all this palaver drives his wife to seduce his son.

This drive-in flick was made by exploitation specialists Crown International in the period when they were producing their most consistently interesting work. While this isn't amongst their best as such, it's still effective enough and gets by quite a bit off the back of its early 70's charms. It has to be said that it indeed does take a long while before the title of the movie attains any relevance whatsoever but that's just one of the factors that gives this one its goofy appeal I reckon. So long as you don't go into this one with unrealistic expectations, then I think a pretty good time can be had. Its simple-minded melodrama kept me entertained in any case. On a final note, and what has to be the one thing that will always make this one at least a footnote in cinema history is the quite unbelievable fact that the crooning song with Latin beat that plays over the credits entitled 'Strange Are the Ways of Love' was actually nominated for an Academy Award! There is no way on Earth I ever expected anything from Crown International got anywhere near Oscar territory. The early 70's truly were strange days indeed…


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