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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.

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Jack Smight

Writers:

John Gay (screenplay by), William Goldman (based on the novel by)
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Location filming included the Police Headquarters building at 240 Centre Street at Broome Street, East 72nd Street (between Park and Lexington avenues, as Morris Brummel walked Kate Palmer to her apartment at 126 East 72nd Street at Park Avenue), Joe Allen restaurant at 326 West 46th Street at 8th Avenue, Sardi's restaurant at 234 West 44th Street at 7th Avenue, and Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue (between W. 63rd and 64th streets), all sites Manhattan, NYC. See more »

Goofs

When Kate and Morris are traveling downriver in the police launch, they pass the Queen Mary twice even though they never turn around. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Brummel: I am sickened at heart when my own son goes looking at dead women's naked bodies. I tell you Morris, it is no way to treat a lady.
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Connections

References The Pink Pussy: Where Sin Lives (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

No Way To Treat A Lady (End Titles)
Written by Stanley Myers
Performed by Stanley Myers And His Orchestra
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Odd but effective
3 June 2002 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Rod Steiger plays a psycho who likes to strangle women to death. George Segal plays a Jewish cop after him. Lovely, young Lee Remick plays Segal's love interest. Unfortunately Steiger is interested in her too.

Very odd movie. The dialogue is crisp, sharp and handled expertly by the cast. It just sounds different--I mean this in a good way. Steiger chews the scenery again & again & again & AGAIN as the killer. Segal is just fine, but he (understandably) pales next to Steiger. Remick is astonishingly beautiful and having a whale of a time in her role. Also Eileen Heckart is a scream as Segal's very Jewish mother. The sequence between her and Remick is a definite highlight.

All in all, a strange, but enjoyable, mix of suspense, humor and romance. Not for everybody but worth a look.

Only debit--more than a few homophobic comments are thrown about as jokes. But then this was made in 1968.


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