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The Stepmother -- As part of a blackmail plot, a woman is forced to seduce her new husband's son. Complications, including murder, ensue.


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She forced her husband's son to commit the ultimate sin! See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Alejandro Rey ... Frank Delgado

John Anderson ... Inspector Darnezi
Katherine Justice ... Margo Delgado (as Catherine Justice)

Larry Linville ... Dick Hill
Marlene Schmidt ... Sonya Hill
Duncan McLeod ... Chief Inspector
David Renard ... Pedro Lopez
Claudia Jennings ... 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
David Garfield ... Goof (as John D. Garfield)

Directed by
Howard Avedis  (as Hikmet L. Avedis)
Writing credits
Howard Avedis (written by) (as Hikmet L. Avedis)

Produced by
Howard Avedis .... producer (as Hikmet L. Avedis)
Lenke Romanszky .... executive producer
Marlene Schmidt .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Jack Beckett (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tony de Zarraga 
Ralph James Hall  (as Ralph J. Hall)
Set Decoration by
Roger Franks 
Makeup Department
Ray Sebastian .... makeup artist
Production Management
Leonard A. Mazzola .... production manager (as Leonard Mazola)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Snyder .... assistant director
Art Department
Dale Skillcorn .... assistant set decorator
Dale Skillcorn .... propman
Sound Department
Don Cahn .... mixer (as Donald Cahn)
Don Cahn .... sound mixer (as Donald Cahn)
Jim Cook .... mixer
Buzz Cooper .... sound effects editor
Dick Damon .... sound recorder
Dick Maier .... sound effects editor
William Montague .... mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Brink Brydon .... gaffer
Scott Fieldsteel .... best boy
Barry Ingold .... grip
Phil Kaufman .... camera assistant
Ed Lipnick .... grip
Bill McInnes .... assistant gaffer
Ed Steinbach .... grip
Robert Voss .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marilene Harris .... costumer
Editorial Department
Dennis Dolan .... assistant editor
Music Department
Audrey Granville .... music editor (as Audray Granville)
Other crew
Maria Paris .... script supervisor
Louise Rinder .... production assistant
Norman B. Schwartz .... assistant to the producer (as Norman Schwartz)
Roland Coate .... special thanks to: architect of construction site
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Impulsion" - USA (reissue title)
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USA:94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Canada:R (Ontario) | USA:R

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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 »
[first lines]
Alan Richmond:Hey, Margo.
Margo Delgado:Alan, no. Please.
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the worst looking Oscar nominated movie, 13 July 2015
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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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