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Picture Mommy Dead (1966)

Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 12 September 1969 (Italy)
Teenaged Susan Shelley is released from an asylum where she's been confined after the shock suffered over the fiery death of her glamorous socialite mother. Her father has a new wife, who ... See full summary »


Bert I. Gordon


Robert Sherman (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Don Ameche ... Edward Shelley
Martha Hyer ... Francene Shelley
Susan Gordon ... Susan Shelley
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Jessica Flagmore Shelley
Maxwell Reed ... Anthony Flagmore
Wendell Corey ... Lawyer Clayborn
Signe Hasso ... Sister René
Anna Lee ... Elsie Kornwald
Steffi Henderson Steffi Henderson ... 3rd Woman at Estate Sale
Kelly Corcoran Kelly Corcoran ... Little Boy at Estate Sale
Paulle Clark Paulle Clark ... 1st Woman at Estate Sale
Marlene Tracy Marlene Tracy ... 2nd Woman at Estate Sale


Teenaged Susan Shelley is released from an asylum where she's been confined after the shock suffered over the fiery death of her glamorous socialite mother. Her father has a new wife, who has only married him for the money left to him by Zsa Zsa. Susan is still haunted by her mother's memory, and her stepmother is conspiring with her lover, Maxwell Reed, to trick the troubled girl to lead them to Zsa Zsa's missing diamond necklace. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

12 September 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Color Mommy Dead See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final film of Susan Gordon. See more »


Featured in You Won't Stop Screaming (1998) See more »


The Hearse Song
Performed by Susan Gordon
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Campy fun from start to finish!
26 August 2003 | by HoohawnaynaySee all my reviews

One of those low budget films that had lots of style. Filmed at the famous Doheny Mansion in Beverly Hills, opening scene has a horrendous bedroom fire consuming the dead body of Zsa Zsa Gabor. I first saw this in the 70's and being a teenage pyro I was fascinated by the fire sequences. Teenage girl Susan Gordon (Producer Bert Gordon's daughter) gets let out of a convent 7 years after her mother (Zsa Zsa) gets crispy in the previously mentioned fire. Seems the girl still has some issues and things get wierd after her dad (Don Ameche) brings her back to the house where it happened! (How tacky is that?) Enter her old nanny (Martha Hyer) who just wed Daddy Don Ameche. Seems Martha wants to get her hands on an old Diamond necklace Zsa Zsa reported missing before the fire. Seems Martha is a bit of a tramp and will let anyone grab a hold of her Double D cups that will tell her where the jewels are hidden. Dig the crazy scene where Susan scratches a portrait of Zsa Zsa and the picture starts to bleed! They don't make 'em like this anymore. Wendell Corey makes a rare appearance (right before he died) as a surly character who likes tormenting Susan with remarks about the fire like "it must be what hell is like" just to watch Susan twitch out big time. Great bit of film noir (even in color) this movie has lots of shadows, great photography & direction, even the scene where the bedroom is ablaze is photographed in an almost beautiful way with the flames towering up expensive drapes and ashed slowly cascading down. Great fun, it's on video I hope they put this film on DVD. Of course, anything with Zsa Zsa Gabor is a hoot, even though here she is essentially playing herself.

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