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No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 20 March 1968 (USA)
A crafty serial killer plays a game of cat-and-mouse with a harried police detective trying to track him down.

Director:

Jack Smight

Writers:

John Gay (screenplay by), William Goldman (based on the novel by)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod Steiger ... Christopher Gill
Lee Remick ... Kate Palmer
George Segal ... Morris Brummel
Eileen Heckart ... Mrs. Brummel
Murray Hamilton ... Inspector Haines
Michael Dunn ... Mr. Kupperman
Martine Bartlett ... Alma Mulloy
Barbara Baxley ... Belle Poppie
Irene Dailey ... Mrs. Fitts
Doris Roberts ... Sylvia Poppie
Ruth White ... Mrs. Himmel
Val Bisoglio ... Detective Monaghan
David Doyle ... Lieutenant Dawson
Kim August Kim August ... Sadie
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Storyline

Christopher Gill is a psychotic killer who uses various disguises to trick and strangle his victims. Moe Brummel is a single and harassed New York City police detective who starts to get phone calls from the strangler and builds a strange alliance as a result. Kate Palmer is a swinging, hip tour guide who witnesses the strangler leaving her dead neighbor's apartment and sets her sights on the detective. Moe's live-in mother wishes her son would be a successful Jewish doctor like his big brother. Written by alfiehitchie

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Así no se trata a una dama See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was playing in Vallejo, California in April 1969, just after the Zodiac Killer murdered his first known victims, also in Vallejo. Many criminologists believe that the Zodiac Killer was a movie buff or was influenced by motion pictures, and that he took ideas and phrases from movies for his taunting missives to the police and to area newspapers, which began in August 1969. Others believe that he was from Vallejo. The fact that "No Way To Treat a Lady" was about a serial killer who enjoys taunting the policeman on his trail makes it an interesting footnote to the Zodiac Killer case. See more »

Goofs

The first victim is identified both in a line of dialogue and in the end credits as "Alma Mulloy;" however, when the killer reads about the murder in the paper, the news article lists her name as "Alice Mulloy." See more »

Quotes

Morris Brummel: You look... you look very pretty.
Kate Palmer: I took two hours getting ready for this.
Morris Brummel: It looks... it looks natural!
Kate Palmer: That's why it took two hours! Getting dolled up is easy. Looking natural takes time.
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Connections

References The Dirty Dozen (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

No Way To Treat A Lady (Main Title)
Written by Stanley Myers
Performed by Stanley Myers And His Orchestra
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Uneasy mixture of crime drama and comedy
7 January 2000 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

This is an odd film. Rod Steiger plays a failed actor who tries to live up to the memory of his theatrical mother by 'performing' a series of stranglings in Manhattan. The murders, while hardly graphic, are nonetheless troubling to watch. Meanwhile, George Segal (the policeman in charge of the murder investigation) and Lee Remick are engaged in a frothy romance typical of 60s cinema. Taken as a whole, it's hard to say what this film is, or who it would appeal to. While a reasonable entertainment, it's uncertain balancing act between urban grit and uptown romance leaves one with a strange queasy feeling after the credits role.


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