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No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 20 March 1968 (USA)
A crafty serial killer plays a game of cat-and-mouse with a harried police detective trying to track him down.


Jack Smight


John Gay (screenplay by), William Goldman (based on the novel by)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Rod Steiger ... Christopher Gill
Lee Remick ... Kate Palmer
George Segal ... Morris Brummel
Eileen Heckart ... Mrs. Brummel
Murray Hamilton ... Inspector Haines
Michael Dunn ... Mr. Kupperman
Martine Bartlett ... Alma Mulloy
Barbara Baxley ... Belle Poppie
Irene Dailey ... Mrs. Fitts
Doris Roberts ... Sylvia Poppie
Ruth White ... Mrs. Himmel
Val Bisoglio ... Detective Monaghan
David Doyle ... Lieutenant Dawson
Kim August Kim August ... Sadie


Christopher Gill is a psychotic killer who uses various disguises to trick and strangle his victims. Moe Brummel is a single and harassed New York City police detective who starts to get phone calls from the strangler and builds a strange alliance as a result. Kate Palmer is a swinging, hip tour guide who witnesses the strangler leaving her dead neighbor's apartment and sets her sights on the detective. Moe's live-in mother wishes her son would be a successful Jewish doctor like his big brother. Written by alfiehitchie

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One of Rod Steiger's impersonations is of comedian W.C. Fields. Steiger would portray Fields eight years later, in W.C. Fields and Me (1976). See more »


The first victim is identified both in a line of dialogue and in the end credits as "Alma Mulloy;" however, when the killer reads about the murder in the paper, the news article lists her name as "Alice Mulloy." See more »


Mrs. Brummel: You still don't have a diploma! Not to mention any grandchildren, which your brother Franklin has three already. Three grandchildren. What have I got from you but heartbreak?
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References The Merv Griffin Show (1962) See more »


St. Matthew Fashion
Written by Stanley Myers
Performed by Stanley Myers and His Orchestra
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Comic thriller was way ahead of its time...
28 August 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

ROD STEIGER has an actor's field day assuming many different disguises when he decides to play a cat-and-mouse game with detective GEORGE SEGAL who is hot on his trail to capture a serial killer. That about sums up the plot contrivances of NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY, which has Steiger donning various make-up disguises so that he can gain entry into unsuspecting female's apartments and promptly strangle them.

The dark humor is always on the surface of this comic showcase for actor Steiger, who dons each disguise with relish and gives a performance you're not likely to forget.

EILEEN HECKART is his overbearing (ultra so) Jewish mother who has unwittingly driven her son to the brink of madness. She's so good at "overbearing" that she almost drives the audience mad too, but LEE REMICK is rather wasted in a colorless role as a dame who's been around the block a few times and likes to spout smart talk. It's not a well developed role and Remick can do little with it but look good in plenty of make-up and mascara.

For pure titillation and subject matter, this is way ahead of its time, a comic thriller that is largely forgotten and deserves some attention, if only for Rod Steiger's tour de force role, all played in tongue-in-cheek manner.

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