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What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)

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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Helen Hill aka Helen Martin
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Linc Palmer
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Hamilton Starr (as Micheal Mac Liammóir)
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Sister Alma
Helene Winston ...
Mrs. Greenbaum
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Mrs. Schultz
Logan Ramsey ...
Detective Sgt. West
Paulle Clark ...
Mrs. Plumb
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Mrs. Barker
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Mrs. Rigg
Samee Lee Jones ...
Winona Palmer (as Sammee Lee Jones)
Robbi Morgan ...
Rosalie Greenbaum
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The Tramp
Swen Swenson ...
The Gigolo
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Storyline

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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Helen just buried another friend! See more »


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Rated R for some violence/bloody images | See all certifications »

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13 April 1972 (Mexico)  »

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The Best of Friends  »

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Piano music with Ginger Rogers on the cover for "I've Got to Sing a Torch Song" from "Gold Diggers of 1933" can be spotted on the piano. See more »

Goofs

In the closeup, Helen holds the magazine with Jean Harlow's photo in her left hand and points to it with her right. When it cuts to a wide shot, she's grasping the sides of the magazine with both hands. See more »

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Sister Alma: I offered you my blessing, but you refused it. Now move along.
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References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

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Animal Crackers in My Soup
Written by Irving Caesar, Ted Koehler & Ray Henderson
Performed by Samee Lee Jones
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Reynolds and Winters and Blood
31 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

From the writer of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" and "Hush .. Hush, Sweet Charlotte," this tail-end of the sixties horror cycle has some eerie and campy fun. Micheál Macliammóir does a Victor Buono-type bit, but too often the movie totters dangerously close to a bad musical ... there's a particularly awful children's recital about halfway through. Debbie taps, tangos and tricks up a lá Harlow, while Winters' religious fanatic has a lesbian edge to her. Agnes Moorehead checks in as an evangelist. Weaver has nothing to do - and even has to pay a gigolo to dance with Debbie.


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