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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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Director Curtis Harrington shot certain scenes with the intention of using dissolves as a transition between scenes. He reluctantly had to remove the dissolves when producer Martin Ransohoff matter-of-factly stated that he didn't like them. See more »

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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 »

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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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