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Once You Kiss a Stranger... (1969)

A woman seduces a professional golfer, then offers to kill his opponent if the golfer will kill her psychiatrist, who wants her committed.

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Robert Sparr

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Frank Tarloff (screenplay), Norman Katkov (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Paul Burke ... Jerry Marshall
Carol Lynley ... Diana
Martha Hyer ... Lee Marshall
Peter Lind Hayes ... Pete Martin
Philip Carey ... Mike Wilson
Stephen McNally ... Police Lt. Tom Gavin
Whit Bissell ... Dr. David Haggis
Elaine Devry ... Sharon
Kathryn Givney ... Aunt Margaret
George Fenneman George Fenneman ... Announcer
Jim Raymond Jim Raymond ... Johnny Parks
Maura McGiveney Maura McGiveney ... Harriet Parks
Orville Sherman ... Raymond
Ann Doran ... Lee's Mother
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Jerry, a Southern California golf pro is the target for Diana a disturbed young woman who desires the death of her shrink, who alone realizes her psychotic potential and seeks to have her committed. She suggests to Jerry that they "swap" murders - she'll kill his golf rival and he'll reciprocate by killing her psychiatrist. When she holds up her half of the bargain, she expects him to follow through with his end. Written by alfiehitchie

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Each vowed to kill for the other - and only one wasn't kidding! See more »

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Thriller

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M | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1969 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

Sudden Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Diana is using a Panasonic model NV-8100 reel-to-reel videotape recorder, introduced in 1968. See more »

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When Diana is dubbing the "spy" footage of her and Jerry in bed, the camera is obviously moving. See more »

Connections

Version of Strangers on a Train (1951) See more »

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Once You Kiss a Stranger
Music by Jimmie Fagas
Lyrics by Ken Darby
Sung by Dick Addrisi
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"He bogeyed his final hole!"
24 December 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Overbaked nonsense from Warner Bros. is one steaming pile of clichés. Pro-golfer Paul Burke, separated from his wife and troubled by his perennial second-place status on the golf course, meets up with seductive woman-child Carol Lynley; she murders his main opponent and then blackmails Burke with the proviso he kill her psychiatrist in return (seems Carol has just been released from a mental institution and is due back for another stay at any moment). The tacky screenplay was "suggested by" Patricia Highsmith's book "Strangers on a Train", first filmed by Warners in 1951. This quasi-remake actually has an interesting set-up, but Burke looks dumbfounded throughout and overripe vixen Lynley is just ludicrous (the actress probably thought this kitten-with-claws number would showcase her haughty appeal, but instead she's cruelly exposed and completely without substance). This has to be one of the worst-edited films from a major studio I have ever seen, with redundant, laughable shots of streetlights changing and Carol Lynley going crazy with a reel-to-reel machine. The filmmakers know nothing about the world of pro-tournament golf, and even less about murder investigations and police business, giving this dunderhead opus a campy undermining which may play with fans of second-string cinema. *1/2 from ****


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