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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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The Tramp
Swen Swenson ...
The Gigolo
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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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Joanne Woodward, Shirley MacLaine and Estelle Parsons were each offered roles in the film but passed. Rita Hayworth was approached to play Adelle, but she was in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease, and was therefore unfit to take the part. See more »

Goofs

Mrs. Greenbaum squats to talk to Rosalie before the girl heads out on stage for her Mae West number. In the following shot, Mrs. Greenbaum is standing erect. See more »

Quotes

Sister Alma: I offered you my blessing, but you refused it. Now move along.
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References She Done Him Wrong (1933) See more »

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Oh, You Nasty Man
Written by Ray Henderson, Jack Yellen & Irving Caesar
Performed by Robbi Morgan
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It wasn't as campy in 1971
7 April 2002 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

It was interesting to see the comments preceding my entry. I saw this movie when it first came out when I was 11 years old and it was really frightening at the time. The gruesome murders that the sons committed combined with the gory flashbacks and the maniacal ending burned images in my mind that lasted for years later.

I couldn't appreciate or recognize any of the factors that may make it considered camp now. All I can say is that getting that last shot of Debbie Reynolds out of my head while trying to fall asleep took a long, long time.


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