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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
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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)
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Rosalie Greenbaum
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The Tramp
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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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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The exterior of the gambling ship where Linc takes Adelle is the same yacht used for exteriors of the "Fortuna II" in the 1960-61 TV series "Mr. Lucky". See more »

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The film is set in 1934. Yet, in the NYC dance studio, there is clearly sheet music on the piano from the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film Top Hat. See more »

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Helen Hill: Men can be quite a bit lower than the angels.
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References George White's Scandals (1934) See more »

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Bye Bye Blackbird
Written by Ray Henderson & Mort Dixon
Performed by Debbie Reynolds
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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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