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What's the Matter with Helen? ()


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Two middle-aged women move to Hollywood, California after their sons are convicted of a notorious murder and open a dance school for children eager to tap their way to stardom.

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Adelle Bruckner aka Adelle Stuart
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Helen Hill aka Helen Martin
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Linc Palmer
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Hamilton Starr (as Micheal Mac Liammóir)
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Sister Alma
Helene Winston ...
Mrs. Greenbaum
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Mrs. Schultz
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Detective Sgt. West
Paulle Clark ...
Mrs. Plumb
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Mrs. Barker
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Mrs. Rigg
Samee Lee Jones ...
Winona Palmer (as Sammee Lee Jones)
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Rosalie Greenbaum
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The Tramp
Swen Swenson ...
The Gigolo
Debbie Van Den Houten ...
Sue Anne
Teresa De Rose ...
Donna
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Kiddie M.C.
Allen Pinson ...
The Man
James Dobson ...
Billy--Cab Driver
Sadie Delfino ...
The Little Lady
Tammy Lee ...
One of Adelle's Kiddystars
Sharann Hisamoto ...
One of Adelle's Kiddystars (as Sharon Hisamoto)
Stacey Hollow ...
One of Adelle's Kiddystars
Marcia Garcia ...
One of Adelle's Kiddystars
Bambi Meyers ...
One of Adelle's Kiddystars
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Adelle's Kiddystars (as Roxanne Meyers)
Vicki Schreck ...
One of Adelle's Kiddystars
Keri Shuttleton ...
One of Adelle's Kiddystars
Shawn Steinman ...
One of Adelle's Kiddystars (as Shawn Steinmann)
Madelon Tupper ...
One of Adelle's Kiddystars
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One of Adelle's Kiddystars
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Herself (archiveFootage)
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Himself (archiveFootage)
Jack Berle ...
Church Member (uncredited)
Audrey Betz ...
Church Member (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Old Man (uncredited)
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Matt Hill (uncredited)
Tony Dante ...
Church Member (uncredited)
Annette Davis ...
Spinster (uncredited)
Douglas Deane ...
Fanatical Man (uncredited)
Minta Durfee ...
Old Lady (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Pedestrian (uncredited)
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Church Member (uncredited)
Helene Heigh ...
Widow (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ...
Deacon (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ...
Church Member (uncredited)
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Church Member (uncredited)
Peggy Patten ...
Ellie Banner (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Harry Stanton ...
Malcolm Hays (uncredited)
George Tracy ...
Church Member (uncredited)
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Young Girl (uncredited)

Directed by

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Curtis Harrington ... (directed by)

Written by

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Henry Farrell ... (written by)

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George Edwards ... producer (produced by)
Edward S. Feldman ... executive producer
James C. Pratt ... associate producer

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David Raksin ... (music composed by)

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Lucien Ballard ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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William Reynolds ... film editor (as William H. Reynolds)

Editorial Department

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Michael F. Anderson ... apprentice film editor (uncredited)
James D. Wells ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Caro Jones

Art Direction by

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Eugène Lourié ... (as Eugene Lourie)

Set Decoration by

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Jerry Wunderlich

Costume Design by

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Morton Haack ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair creations
William Tuttle ... makeup artist
Bette Iverson ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Helene Parrish ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Scotty Rackin ... hair stylist (uncredited)
William Reynolds ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Claude Binyon Jr. ... assistant director
John Thomas Lenox ... assistant director trainee (uncredited)
Michael Messinger ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Ted P. Angel ... senior set designer (uncredited)
Glen Cooper ... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Les Gobruegge ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Dudley Holmes ... prop master (uncredited)
Gerald MacDonald ... coordinator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Charles Grenzbach ... sound re-recordist (as Bud Grenzbach)
Al Overton Jr. ... sound
Hal Belcher ... sound (uncredited)
Bob Sheridan ... engineer (uncredited) / sound boom (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert Edouart ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Bud Gaunt ... grip (uncredited)
Earl Gilbert ... gaffer (uncredited)
Bud Howell ... dolly grip (uncredited)
Thomas Laughridge ... camera operator (uncredited)
Cecil Lupton ... best boy (uncredited)
Robert Schunke ... best boy (uncredited)
Sterling Smith ... still photographer (uncredited)
Bud Woodside ... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Harry Young ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Darlene di Ponzio ... casting secretary (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Fanny Edwards ... costumer: women (uncredited)
Sally Lister ... costumer: women (uncredited)
Andy Matyasi ... costumer: men (uncredited)
Terri Nelson ... costume supervisor: women (uncredited)
Frank Tauss ... costume supervisor: men (uncredited)

Music Department

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Ralph Ives ... music editor
David Raksin ... conductor
Randy Rayburn ... musician: rehearsal pianist (uncredited)

Other crew

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Tony Charmoli ... choreographer
Paulle Clark ... production assistant
John Franco Jr. ... production assistant
Alan Greedy ... script supervisor (as Allan Greedy)
Phill Norman ... titles: Cinefx
Martin Ransohoff ... presenter
Tad Tadlock ... assistant choreographer
Bill Beaumont ... craft service (uncredited)
Cary Glieberman ... intern: American Film Institute (uncredited)
Dorothy Kelly ... production secretary (uncredited)
Jerry Roberts ... production assistant (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone ... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone ... caterer (uncredited)
Lorraine Serber ... production assistant (uncredited)
Carl Shapiro ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Set in the 30s, Helen and Adelle are two women whose sons commit a gruesome murder. After their conviction, they move to Hollywood change their names and open a dance school for girls. Adelle is looking for a good life and when one of the parents of her students who is wealthy takes a liking to her she thinks she's got it made. Helen thinks that someone who blames them for what their sons did is stalking them. But Adelle thinks it's all in her mind. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines Why are they all dying so violently?... even the little rabbits! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Best of Friends (United States)
  • The Box Step (United States)
  • ¿Qué le pasa a Helen? (Spain)
  • I raptus segreti di Helen (Italy)
  • Kauhun vangitsemat (Finland)
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  • 101 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia According to Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters' psychiatrist advised her not to portray a woman having a nervous breakdown because, at the time, she was having a real-life nervous breakdown. "She's the kind of actress who becomes the part she's playing..." said Reynolds, "so all through the film she drove all of us insane!" See more »
Goofs In the final scene showing a dead Adelle strung up on the ladder, the close-up shot shows her throat moving. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in House of Harrington (2008). See more »
Soundtracks Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? See more »
Quotes Sister Alma: I offered you my blessing, but you refused it. Now move along.
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