California State Police Captain Sam Surcher investigates a string of teenage girl murders at Oceanfront High School.


Roger Vadim


Gene Roddenberry (screenplay), Francis Pollini (novel)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Tiger
Angie Dickinson ... Miss Smith
Telly Savalas ... Surcher
John David Carson ... Ponce
Roddy McDowall ... Proffer
Keenan Wynn ... Poldaski
James Doohan ... Follo
William Campbell ... Grady
Susan Tolsky Susan Tolsky ... Miss Craymire
Barbara Leigh ... Jean
Gretchen Carpenter Gretchen Carpenter ... Marjorie (as Gretchen Burrell)
Aimee Eccles ... Hilda
JoAnna Cameron ... Yvonne
Margaret Markov ... Polly
June Fairchild ... Sonny


There's murder at a California high school, where female students are being targeted by an unknown serial killer, a married teacher hides his flings with nubile students, and an awkward male is frustrated by the plethora of uninhibited freewheeling young girls. Written by HC

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Roger Vadim, the director who uncovered Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Jane Fonda, now brings you the American high school girl...and Rock Hudson. See more »


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Four veterans of Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) worked in or on this film: Screenwriter Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek television series creator); James Doohan ("Chief Engineer / Commander Montgomery Scott," Star Trek series regular); and William Campbell (guest-starring in two Star Trek episodes, first as "Trelaine," an omnipotent but immature being who compels Captain Kirk & Co. to act out fantasy situations for his own childish amusement; and as "Koloth," a Klingon foil of Kirk's who, like Kirk, is overcome by the problems created by the eponymous creatures of the episode titled "The Trouble With Tribbles.") William Ware Theiss, who designed costumes for Star Trek, also provided costuming for this film. See more »


As Jill Fairbutt falls off the commode in the overhead shot, her right hand slides almost to the edge of the lid. Later, in a low-level shot, her hand is positioned more than halfway across the lid. See more »


Michael 'Tiger' McDrew: [Deciding to go ahead with the scheduled football game] We play on Friday. Once you start retreating, life will drag you down.
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Referenced in Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) See more »


Chilly Winds
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Mike Curb
Performed by The Osmonds
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Where IS this high school, anyway?
13 June 2000 | by Hup234!See all my reviews

Because I'm re-enrolling for post-graduate summer school!

This picture proves that on occasion a less-than-deep storyline doesn't prevent a film from being terrifically-entertaining. You'll be dragged along willingly and unprotestingly in the offbeat proceedings onscreen.

And Angie Dickinson (who seems to be thoroughly enjoying her part) is stunning, gentlemen ... stunning!

Recall that gorgeous teacher we all remember oh-so-well from high school? Well, here ... she ... is. And John David Carson plays, uh ... every guy who was ever in her class, okay?

Things move along smoothly in parallel plots, a strange mix of sex comedy and murder-most-foul. But it all works, and you won't forget "Pretty Maids" any easier than you ever forgot ... that long-ago teacher.

Highly recommended, for adults.

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12 July 1971 (Sweden) See more »

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Pretty Maids All in a Row See more »

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