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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

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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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1971 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Querido profesor See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quentin Tarantino selected this film as one of his choices for Sight & Sound magazine's 2012 edition of Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time. See more »

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At the end of the movie, we see Ponce approach three girls on his motorcycle. One of the girls gets on his bike and the other two walk away. As Ponce speeds off down the street, the other two girls have disappeared. 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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Soundtracks

Chilly Winds
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Mike Curb
Performed by The Osmonds
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High school girls get a piece of the Rock
26 November 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Rock Hudson's extraordinary good looks and charm are cast against type as he plays a school guidance counselor and football coach who picks a few choice plums among the student body on a regular basis. Seeing all those nubile young girls with skirts up to their hynies was temptation enough for anyone. The problem is that these girls want to take a permanent lease out on him and he's already married to Barbara Leigh and has a little daughter. What choice is there before the scandal costs him his job, but kill these Pretty Maids All In A Row.

The unusual combination of Gene Roddenberry who wrote script and French director Roger Vadim, best known here on this side of the pond for Barbarella created Pretty Maids All In A Row, a black comedy that garnered a nice cult following. Hudson worked well playing his one and only villain on the big screen.

A secondary plot involves substitute teacher Angie Dickinson who Hudson gives a warm up to in preparation for his protégé young John David Carson nailing Dickinson. A little Tea And Sympathy sideline as Carson slowly discovers what his mentor is up to..

Roddy McDowall plays the clueless high school principal and Keenan Wynn the equally clueless sheriff. One who is not clueless is Telly Savalas who plays a Kojak like detective who suspicions that Hudson is the murderer but can't quite prove it. At the end of the film Savalas is totally convinced.

Hudson as serial killer might be jarring to his fans, but Rock does pull it off. An interesting alternative part for an actor who was far better than he was credited.


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