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The Girl in Black Stockings (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 24 September 1957 (USA)
A party girl is murdered, and everyone at a Utah motel is a suspect.

Director:

Howard W. Koch

Writers:

Richard H. Landau (screenplay) (as Richard Landau), Peter Godfrey (story "Wanton Murder")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lex Barker ... David Hewson
Anne Bancroft ... Beth Dixon
Mamie Van Doren ... Harriet Ames
Ron Randell ... Edmund Parry
Marie Windsor ... Julia Parry
John Dehner ... Sheriff Jess Holmes
John Holland ... Norman Grant
Diana Van der Vlis ... Louise Miles (as Diana Vandervlis)
Richard H. Cutting ... Dr. John Aitkin (as Richard Cutting)
Larry Chance ... Indian Joe
Gene O'Donnell Gene O'Donnell ... Joseph Felton
Gerald Frank Gerald Frank ... Frankie Pierce
Karl MacDonald Karl MacDonald ... Deputy Fred
Norman Leavitt ... Amos
Stuart Whitman ... Prentiss
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Storyline

Near a small Utah town, visiting lawyer David Hewson finds the slashed body of party girl Marcia Morgan, his fellow tenant at Parry Lodge. Sheriff Jess Holmes considers everyone at the motel a suspect, even owner Edmund Parry, a woman hater who is quadriplegic...or is he? While Holmes investigates and the suspects try to hide mutual fears, the killer strikes again... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She's every inch a teasing, taunting "Come-on" Blonde. See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Stockings See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bel-Air Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was filmed in and around Parry Lodge in Kanab, Utah. This lodge was opened in the early 1930s by the Parry brothers, as a place in which to lodge Hollywood film crews who came out to that area of Utah to film some of the early westerns. Over the years many famous movie stars have stayed at this lodge. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Jess Holmes: I don't have to be crazy to know I have a real crazy one on my hands.
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Featured in Bikers, Blondes and Blood (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550
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1st Movement (Molto Allegro)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Tailfins-era whodunit wastes a bizarrely mixed cast
20 December 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

What can you say about a movie whose three female stars are Anne Bancroft, Marie Windsor and Mamie Van Doren? Well, that none of them is used at anywhere near her full potential (except maybe Van Doren, the sum of whose potential is exhausted at first glimpse). And that's basically the problem with this little tailfins-era whodunit about a serial killer at a Utah mountain lodge. Its very real potential is never delivered. The characters and plot strands are handled perfunctorily, mechanically; they're interesting and offbeat but not satisfyingly developed, so the solution comes as a bad surprise and something of a cheat. Owner of the lodge, Ron Randell, is a psychosomatically paralyzed woman-hater nursed by his doting sister (Windsor). Les Barker (not to be confused with Les Baxter, who wrote the score!) loses no opportunity to display his physique poolside as a vacationing L.A. attorney who's wooing the diffident Bancroft. Van Doren does her platinum-blonde bombshell shtik and John Dehner, as the sheriff, seems to have wandered in from a Western shooting nearby. The movie looks good, in a simplified, populuxe way, and winds up like a better-than-average TV drama from circa 1957. Too bad: The Girl in Black Stockings had all the makings of a more interesting movie.


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