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No Way to Treat a Lady ()


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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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  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win.
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Christopher Gill
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Kate Palmer
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Morris Brummel
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Mrs. Brummel
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Inspector Haines
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Mr. Kupperman
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Alma Mulloy
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Belle Poppie
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Mrs. Fitts
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Sylvia Poppie
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Mrs. Himmel
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Detective Monaghan
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Lieutenant Dawson
Kim August ...
Sadie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Ahearne ...
Father O'Brien (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)
Louis Basile ...
Customer (uncredited)
R. Bernard ...
Indignant Man (uncredited)
Don Blair ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Mary Boylan ...
Sadie's Neighbor (uncredited)
Linda Canby ...
Teenage Girl (uncredited)
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Customer (uncredited)
Mae Crane ...
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James Dukas ...
Police Artist (uncredited)
John Dutra ...
Man Walking Dog (uncredited)
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Sardi's Customer (uncredited)
Joey Faye ...
Superintendent (uncredited)
William Fort ...
Staff Editor (uncredited)
John Gerstad ...
Dr. Shaffer (uncredited)
Leonard Hutton ...
Art Dealer (uncredited)
Glenn Kezer ...
Officer (uncredited)
Don Koll ...
Detective (uncredited)
Tony Major ...
Officer (uncredited)
J. Molinski ...
Himself (uncredited)
Al Nesor ...
Customer (uncredited)
Richard Nicholls ...
Man in Sardi's (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
Eddie Philips ...
News Vendor (uncredited)
Pat Ripley ...
Woman (uncredited)
Vincent Sardi Jr. ...
Himself (uncredited)
Zvee Scooler ...
Old Man (uncredited)
P. Jay Sidney ...
Medical Examiner (uncredited)
Nathaniel Burr Smidt ...
Detective Sergeant (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jack Smight

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

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Sol C. Siegel ... producer

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Stanley Myers

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Jack Priestley ... director of photography

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Archie Marshek

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George Jenkins

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George Jenkins

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Ernest Adler ... hair style supervisor
Bob O'Bradovich ... makeup supervisor

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William W. Gray ... unit production manager

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Terence Nelson ... assistant director

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Hal Pereira ... executive art director

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Charles Grenzbach ... sound recordist
William Nallan ... sound recordist

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Ron Zarilla ... second assistant camera
Vinnie Gerardo ... assistant camera (uncredited)

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Theoni V. Aldredge ... costumes: Miss Remick and Miss Heckart / wardrobe supervisor
George Newman ... wardrobe supervisor

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Bill Traut ... music arranger: song

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Frank Khoury ... transportation (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Le refroidisseur de dames (France)
  • Así no se trata a una dama (Spain)
  • Así no se trata a una dama (Mexico)
  • Nu asa se trateaza o Doamna (Romania)
  • Não Se Trata Assim Uma Senhora (Portugal)
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  • 108 min
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Trivia The film was playing in Vallejo, California in April 1969, just after the Zodiac Killer murdered his first known victims, also in Vallejo. Many criminologists believe that the Zodiac Killer was a movie buff or was influenced by motion pictures, and that he took ideas and phrases from movies for his taunting missives to the police and to area newspapers, which began in August 1969. Others believe that he was from Vallejo. The fact that "No Way To Treat a Lady" was about a serial killer who enjoys taunting the policeman on his trail makes it an interesting footnote to the Zodiac Killer case. See more »
Goofs When reading about his first crime, Gill picks up a copy of the New York Times. In subsequent shots, the paper has changed to the Daily News. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in The Oral Generation (1970). See more »
Soundtracks The Miller Of Dee See more »
Quotes Mrs. Brummel: I am sickened at heart when my own son goes looking at dead women's naked bodies. I tell you Morris, it is no way to treat a lady.
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