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What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)

GP  -  Crime | Drama | Horror  -  13 April 1972 (Mexico)
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Two middle-aged women move to Hollywood, California after their sons are convicted of a notorious murder and open a dance school for children eager to tap their way to stardom.

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Adelle
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Helen
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Linc Palmer
Micheál MacLiammóir ...
Hamilton Starr (as Micheal Mac Liammóir)
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Sister Alma
Helene Winston ...
Mrs. Greenbaum
Peggy Rea ...
Mrs. Schultz
Logan Ramsey ...
Detective Sgt. West
Paulle Clark ...
Mrs. Plumb
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Mrs. Barker
Molly Dodd ...
Mrs. Rigg
Samee Lee Jones ...
Winona (as Sammee Lee Jones)
Robbi Morgan ...
Rosalie
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Swen Swenson ...
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Set in the 30s, Helen and Adelle are two women whose sons commit a gruesome murder. After their conviction, they move to Hollywood change their names and open a dance school for girls. Adelle is looking for a good life and when one of the parents of her students who is wealthy takes a liking to her she thinks she's got it made. Helen thinks that someone who blames them for what their sons did is stalking them. But Adelle thinks it's all in her mind. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Right after Adelle reads Helen the letter that explains the man whom she just murdered was actually bringing her good news, Adelle strikes Helen with the crumpled letter, almost exactly mimicking the scene in LOLITA, in which after reading Humbert's diary, Charlotte Haze - Shelly Winters - strikes Humbert with his diary. See more »

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The film is set in 1934, but the prominently seen "Movie Life" magazine wasn't first published until 1937. See more »

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Helen Hill: Men can be quite a bit lower than the angels.
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References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

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Goody, Goody
Composed by Matty Malneck
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Debbie Reynolds
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A childhood nightmare revisited
20 September 2004 | by (West Orange, NJ) – See all my reviews

It has taken me 24 years to find the courage to see this film again. Like another reviewer here, I was too young when I first saw this movie back in 1971 at the tender age of 7 (what were my parents thinking?!), and it's disturbing visuals have haunted me all of my life. This is a gory, gruesome film, all things considered, with quick, effective shots of mangled bodies and cute furry creatures. And that ending! Seeing Debbie's face again in the finale after all these years conjured up my repressed childhood chills once again.

Overall, a very effective film with a "Tales from the Crypt-esque" ending and some superb acting.


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