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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.

Director:

Jack Smight

Writers:

John Gay (screenplay by), William Goldman (based on the novel by)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Así no se trata a una dama See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the end, the dying killer calls out two expressions. He says, "Oh sweet Jesus save me" and, "Oh my beloved savior please save me." In the book, "Purgatory: Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints" which was written in the late 19th century by the French Jesuit priest, F.X. Schouppe, it explains that a person can call out short prayers similar to these to either avoid hell, or shorten his time in purgatory. See more »

Goofs

With the exception of the article headlined WIDOW SLAIN, in the close-up of a newspaper page about the first murder all the stories are gibberish, with stories beginning in mid-sentence and so on. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Brummel: So, what do you, what do you do with her, go to mass?
Morris Brummel: No, we just... we walk and we talk.
Mrs. Brummel: Oh, please, please. I don't want to hear another word. Already I won't sleep another wink tonight. Please, don't say another word.
[pause]
Mrs. Brummel: Morris...
Morris Brummel: I thought you didn't want to hear any more?
Mrs. Brummel: Aw, you think I want to? You think I want... I'm in agony. I... I... It's my duty. Go on, go on.
Morris Brummel: Well, she... her, her name is Katherine. Katherine. Katherine Palmer.
Mrs. Brummel: Short, blonde, beautiful?
Morris Brummel: No, she's, er, she's, ...
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Connections

References The Pink Pussy: Where Sin Lives (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

The Miller Of Dee
Written by Stanley Myers
Performed by Stanley Myers And His Orchestra
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7 December 1998 | by Marco_TrevisiolSee all my reviews

There have been many serial killer films over the years but this was one of the earliest and one of the best. It manages to be witty, suspenseful, funny and shocking in separate portions. Rod Steiger is very good in a role made for him but George Segal takes the acting honours because it's a much harder role and he does it so well. Lee Remick is fine also.

The best scene is the opening pre-credit sequence. It may look rather mundane at first but.....


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