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Director:
Writer:
Henry Farrell (written by)
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Release Date:
13 April 1972 (Mexico) See more »
Tagline:
Why are they all dying so violently?... even the little rabbits! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Two women move to 1930's Hollywood in order to build new lives. See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Debbie Reynolds ... Adelle

Shelley Winters ... Helen

Dennis Weaver ... Linc Palmer
Micheál MacLiammóir ... Hamilton Starr (as Micheal Mac Liammóir)

Agnes Moorehead ... Sister Alma
Helene Winston ... Mrs. Greenbaum
Peggy Rea ... Mrs. Schultz
Logan Ramsey ... Detective Sgt. West
Paulle Clark ... Mrs. Plumb

Yvette Vickers ... Mrs. Barker
Molly Dodd ... Mrs. Rigg
Samee Lee Jones ... Winona (as Sammee Lee Jones)
Robbi Morgan ... Rosalie

Timothy Carey ... The Tramp
Swen Swenson ... The Gigolo
Debbie Van Den Houten ... Sue Anne
Teresa De Rose ... Donna
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Kiddie M.C.
Allen Pinson ... The Man
James Dobson ... Cab Driver
Sadie Delfino ... The Little Lady
Tammy Lee ... Adelle's Kiddystars
Sharann Hisamoto ... Adelle's Kiddystars (as Sharon Hisamoto)
Stacey Hollow ... Adelle's Kiddystars
Marcia Garcia ... Adelle's Kiddystars
Bambi Meyers ... Adelle's Kiddystars

Rocky Bonifield ... Adelle's Kiddystars (as Roxanne Meyers)
Vicki Schreck ... Adelle's Kiddystars
Keri Shuttleton ... Adelle's Kiddystars
Shawn Steinman ... Adelle's Kiddystars (as Shawn Steinmann)
Madelon Tupper ... Adelle's Kiddystars

Sian Winship ... Adelle's Kiddystars
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Brocco ... Old Man (uncredited)
Gary Combs ... Matt Hill (uncredited)
Annette Davis ... Spinster (uncredited)
Douglas Deane ... Fanatical Man (uncredited)
Minta Durfee ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Helene Heigh ... Widow (uncredited)
Peggy Patten ... Ellie Banner (uncredited)
Harry Stanton ... Malcolm Hays (uncredited)

Peggy Walton-Walker ... Young Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Curtis Harrington 
 
Writing credits
Henry Farrell (written by)

Produced by
George Edwards .... producer
Edward S. Feldman .... executive producer
James C. Pratt .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
David Raksin 
 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds  (as William H. Reynolds)
 
Casting by
Caro Jones 
 
Art Direction by
Eugène Lourié  (as Eugene Lourie)
 
Set Decoration by
Jerry Wunderlich 
 
Costume Design by
Morton Haack 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair creations
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Bette Iverson .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Helene Parrish .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Scotty Rackin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
William Reynolds .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Binyon Jr. .... assistant director
John Thomas Lenox .... assistant director trainee (uncredited)
Michael Messinger .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ted P. Angel .... senior set designer (uncredited)
Glen Cooper .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Les Gobruegge .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Dudley Holmes .... prop master (uncredited)
Gerald MacDonald .... coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Grenzbach .... sound re-recordist (as Bud Grenzbach)
Al Overton Jr. .... sound
Hal Belcher .... sound (uncredited)
Bob Sheridan .... engineer (uncredited)
Bob Sheridan .... sound boom (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Edouart .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Bud Gaunt .... grip (uncredited)
Earl Gilbert .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bud Howell .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Thomas Laughridge .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cecil Lupton .... best boy (uncredited)
Robert Schunke .... best boy (uncredited)
Sterling Smith .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bud Woodside .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Harry Young .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Darlene di Ponzio .... casting secretary (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fanny Edwards .... costumer: women (uncredited)
Sally Lister .... costumer: women (uncredited)
Andy Matyasi .... costumer: men (uncredited)
Terri Nelson .... costume supervisor: women (uncredited)
Frank Tauss .... costume supervisor: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Michael F. Anderson .... apprentice film editor (uncredited)
James D. Wells .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tony Charmoli .... stager: musical numbers
Ralph Ives .... music editor
David Raksin .... conductor
Randy Rayburn .... musician: rehearsal pianist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tony Charmoli .... choreographer
Paulle Clark .... production assistant
John Franco Jr. .... production assistant
Alan Greedy .... script supervisor (as Allan Greedy)
Phill Norman .... titles: Cinefx
Martin Ransohoff .... presenter
Tad Tadlock .... assistant choreographer
Bill Beaumont .... craft service (uncredited)
Cary Glieberman .... intern: American Film Institute (uncredited)
Dorothy Kelly .... production secretary (uncredited)
Jerry Roberts .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Lorraine Serber .... production assistant (uncredited)
Carl Shapiro .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:K-18 | Sweden:15 | USA:GP (Approved No. 22897) (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Estelle Parsons was mentioned early-on as one of leads that eventually went to Shelley Winters.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Helen is talking to the detective, the blood that was all over her hands seconds before has disappeared.See more »
Quotes:
Helen Hill:Men can be quite a bit lower than the angels.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Lady Liberty (1971)See more »
Soundtrack:
Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?See more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Two women move to 1930's Hollywood in order to build new lives., 15 September 2000
Author: verna55 from cincinnati, ohio

Slick, colorful Gothic horror tale features the veteran leading ladies in top form. Debbie Reynolds perfects that 1930's platinum blonde/Jean Harlow image, and Shelley Winters gives what is possibly her all-time best performance as the maniacal Helen. The film was directed by cult favorite Curtis Harrington, and was written by Henry Farrell author of the novel on which the classic film WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? was based. Farrell has concocted an equally effective mixture of horror and hollywood here. Harrington's next venture into the macabre was the similarly Gothic and atmospheric WHO SLEW AUNTIE ROO?, also featuring the inimitable Shelley Winters in the titular role.

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