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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Adelle Bruckner aka Adelle Stuart
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Helen Hill aka Helen Martin
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Linc Palmer
Micheál MacLiammóir ...
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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13 April 1972 (Mexico)  »

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As part of the contract for her short-lived self-titled sitcom, Debbie Reynolds had a deal with NBC to produce a film, and she loved Henry Farrell's story outline, as well as the notion of taking a dramatic role in a horror movie. NBC put up $750,000 and Reynolds invested $800,000 of her own, producing the film uncredited. See more »

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The second time Linc drives Adelle home, he reaches down with his right hand to shut off the car. In the subsequent shot, his right arm is firmly wrapped behind Adelle's shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Helen Hill: Men can be quite a bit lower than the angels.
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Referenced in Lady Liberty (1971) See more »

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Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?
Written by Harry Revel & Mack Gordon
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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