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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.



(screenplay), (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tiger
... Miss Smith
... Surcher
... Ponce
... Proffer
... Poldaski
... Follo
... Grady
Susan Tolsky ... Miss Craymire
... Jean
Gretchen Carpenter ... Marjorie (as Gretchen Burrell)
... Hilda
... Yvonne
... Polly
... 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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A good football coach can get away with murder. See more »


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Release Date:

12 July 1971 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Querido profesor  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


In the overhead shot of Jill Fairbutt's dead body, the note is pinned to her right hip, and her pulled-up skirt is well above the top of her panties. In the closeup where Ponce reaches for the note, it is centered on her hips, and her skirt touches the top of her panties. 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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Chilly Winds
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Mike Curb
Performed by The Osmonds
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Pretty much captures the seventies as I remember it
30 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Oh, I remember it well. The hemlines had shot up from the ankles to the thighs in a few short years. The girls were sexy but aloof, but in love with their male teachers. The boys hormones were raging more than ever and we were wondering if we would get laid before we died in VietNam, and we were hoping that that oh so sexy teacher would be willing to give us some "extracurricular instruction". Charles Manson had been convicted of the Tate-Bianca murders. The atmosphere was so sexually charged you could cut it with a knife.

This movie almost perfectly captured this mood--As good a documentary as you can get in a fiction film and some of the most gorgeous soon to be "B" movie queens were showing us their bodies (including Angie Dickinson--at age 40!)

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