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The Honeymoon Killers (1970)

An obese, embittered nurse doesn't mind if her toupee-wearing boyfriend romances and fleeces other women, as long as he takes her along on his con jobs.

Directors:

Leonard Kastle, Donald Volkman (uncredited)

Writer:

Leonard Kastle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Stoler ... Martha Beck
Tony Lo Bianco ... Ray Fernandez
Mary Jane Higby ... Janet Fay
Doris Roberts ... Bunny
Kip McArdle ... Delphine Downing
Marilyn Chris ... Myrtle Young
Dortha Duckworth ... Mrs. Beck - Martha's Mother
Barbara Cason ... Evelyn Long
Ann Harris Ann Harris ... Doris
Mary Breen Mary Breen ... Rainelle Downing
Elsa Raven ... Matron
Mary Engel Mary Engel ... Lucy
Guy Sorel Guy Sorel ... Mr. Dranoff
Michael Haley Michael Haley ... Jackson (as Mike Haley)
Diane Asselin Diane Asselin ... Severns
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Storyline

In the early 1950s, Martha Beck, who lives with her slightly senile mother, is the head nurse in a Mobile, Alabama hospital. She is bitter about her life, she not having male companionship in large part because she is overweight, while her bitterness in turn does not endear her to people. She is initially angry with her best friend, Bunny, for signing her up to a lonely hearts club, but eventually decides to give it a try. Through it, she meets Ray Fernandez, a suave Spanish immigrant living in New York, he who contacted Martha as the first through the club. After Ray's trip to Mobile to meet Martha, they fall in love. Upon a subsequent visit Martha makes to Ray in New York - which leads to her being fired in part for her time off work - he decides to be up front with her: that she is not only not his "first" but that he is really a con man who, primarily through the club, seduces then bilks lonely women of their money. Pretending to be his sister to prospective targets, Martha ... Written by Huggo

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Love is a bitch...called Martha. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Dear Martha See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Roxanne See more »
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Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

New York City based art-noise-rock band The Honeymoon Killers took their name from this film. See more »

Goofs

A copy of the album "Whipped Cream & Other Delights" by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass is clearly visible in Martha's apartment. The album was released in 1965, while the movie takes place prior to 1951, according to the message at the end. See more »

Quotes

Martha Beck: You promised! You promised!
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Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 & 9
Composed by Gustav Mahler
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Forgotten cult classics #7
5 September 2001 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

This dark humorous thriller about a fat nurse and a Spanish gigolo who murder rich but lonely women was recently shown in the midnight program on German cable. "Honeymoon Killers" is based on a true story that happened in the 1940s and still belongs to the most peculiar cases in the history of American crime!

Beverly Stoler plays Martha, an overweight nurse, who leads a boring life with her senile mother and her pesky neighbour. One day she gets to know Ray, a marriage impostor of Spanish origin. Both become lovers as well as partners in crime and they start to cheat and to kill wealthy ladies...

A great film that seeded much too long in the archives! Only a little number of persons know this flick, although it doesn´t need to hide behind other movies about serial killers like "Henry" or even Hitchcock´s "Psycho".

But it´s more than that: "Honeymoon Killers" is a brilliant satire as well as the most bizarre love story I´ve ever seen!!!


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