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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.



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Complete credited cast:
... Christopher Gill
... Kate Palmer
... Morris Brummel
... Mrs. Brummel
... Inspector Haines
... Mr. Kupperman
... Alma Mulloy
... Belle Poppie
... Mrs. Fitts
... Sylvia Poppie
... Mrs. Himmel
... Detective Monaghan
... Lieutenant Dawson
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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20 March 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Así no se trata a una dama  »

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Did You Know?


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 opening scene shows what appears to be a red-haired Rod Steiger dressed in priest clothing walking down the sidewalk but that is actually a double. The real Rod Steiger ascends the steps a couple of seconds too early for the progression of time to be credible. This effect compromised the continuity, but it was probably done intentionally so as to hasten the scene. See more »


Morris Brummel: You look... you look very pretty.
Kate Palmer: I took two hours getting ready for this.
Morris Brummel: It looks... it looks natural!
Kate Palmer: That's why it took two hours! Getting dolled up is easy. Looking natural takes time.
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Referenced in Tales from the Script (2009) See more »


Alpert Memorial
Written by Stanley Myers
Performed by Stanley Myers And His Orchestra
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Macabre, well-acted classy thriller
26 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I turned this gem of a film on one afternoon having no idea what it was about. The opening scenes with Rod Steiger as an Irish priest calling on unsuspecting, soon-to-be victim Marline Bartlett was truly startling in its viciousness. Why have I never heard of this movie before and why has it been shelved all these years? This movie is definitely a cut above the rest in the genre of thrillers featuring serial killers. Rod Steiger is brilliant in a tour-de-force as he assumes various identities-- i.e., an Irish Priest, plumber and effeminate hair stylist--as a psycho on the loose who targets middle aged women and whose calling card is to draw a pair of lips in red lipstick on each victim's forehead. Steiger is pitted against underdog detective George Segal, who plays an overworked cop who gets no recognition for his work. Lee Remick plays the love interest who adds spice to the movie and supporting actress Eileen Heckart plays detective Segal's overbearing mother who bureates him for being a cop (and Jewish) every opportunity she gets. Heckart as the overbearing stereotypical Jewish mama is annoying, to say the least. Remick's character is a free spirit who gives museum tours and she is HIP! In fact, her dialogue suffers in part from an effort to be *too hip* and contemporary: in one scene she tells Segal, "I swinged, and I swang until I swung", in explaining a previous relationship. The most interesting victim plays a drag queen in a bar who is scorned by the other bar patrons and met with homophobic comments, but this was, after all 1968. All the acting is good, though the best scenes are those involving Steiger and his unsuspecting victims. One slight flaw is that the idea that the police department could control what the media prints and use it to manipulate the killer is a little too contrived, and the movie's ending is mediocre, doesn't satisfy and wraps it up too quickly. The scene involving Remick and Steiger is also contrived, and it's a little inconsistent with Remick's character that she would let a total stranger into her apartment, especially since she's dating a cop.

In spite of the mediocre ending, this is an excellent movie.

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