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Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)

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

Director:

Roger Vadim

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (screenplay), Francis Pollini (novel)
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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
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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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A good football coach can get away with murder. See more »


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Trivia

As part of the promotion of the film several of the actresses appeared in a pictorial in the April 1971 issue of Playboy Magazine "Roger Vadim's Pretty Maids" with the text written by Vadim. See more »

Goofs

When Sunny Swingle records her message for Tiger, the reel of tape is near the end, but when Ponce plays it back, it is near the beginning. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Sugar Rush with Kim Morgan (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Chilly Winds
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Mike Curb
Performed by The Osmonds
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A killer time capsule
13 August 2006 | by estabansmytheSee all my reviews

This was one of the most influential movies of my high school years.

And it's all thanks to French director Roger Vadim. Magnifique!

What a life Vadim must have led during the '60s & '70s. Yes, this is envy speaking.

Okay, some of the credit for this most enjoyably sly & funny little gem goes to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who, for this film went where he'd never gone before, bringing along James Doohan, aka, Scotty with him on this marvelous adolescent comedy sex fantasy/murder mystery.

The cast has a lot of fun, including Rock Hudson and the most heterosexual high school counselor in the universe (believe it); and Angie Dickenson as the sexiest teacher this side of my sophomore English teacher, Miss Lynn Segal at San Gabriel High (Angie has a stiffie-inducing seduction scene that'll ring most guy's bells like Quasimodo sure as hell never could).

In a wonderfully clueless comic role is Keenan Wynn. He's great. And a pre-Kojak Telly Savalas is the coolest police homicide detective in the history of cinema. High school chicks dig him.

John David Carson is ideal as Ponce, the shy, quiet, timid, virgin student who doesn't necessarily end up that way. Every girl he sees drives him crazy - and it's easy to see why. These babes are total! Joanna Cameron, Aimee Eccles, June Fairchild, Barbara Leigh as Rock's jaw-dropping wife, and the other "Pretty Maids" will bring eyesight to the blind. Wow!

I could go on, but why? If you like it, you like it. If not, try Von Stroheim or Bergman. I prefer Vadim. Pretty Maids All In A Row entrertained me then, and it entertained me one night in August 2006.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

12 July 1971 (Sweden) See more »

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