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The Stepmother (1972)

R | | Drama | 26 October 1972 (USA)
Returning home late one night from a business trip to Mexico, architect Frank Delgado finds the car of wealthy client Alan Richmond in his driveway. Suspecting that his wife Margo and ... See full summary »

Director:

Howard Avedis (as Hikmet L. Avedis)

Writer:

Howard Avedis (as Hikmet L. Avedis)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alejandro Rey ... Frank Delgado
John Anderson ... Inspector Darnezi
Katherine Justice ... Margo Delgado (as Catherine Justice)
Larry Linville ... Dick Hill
Marlene Schmidt ... Sonya Hill
Duncan McLeod Duncan McLeod ... Chief Inspector
David Renard ... Pedro Lopez
Claudia Jennings ... Rita
Rudy Herrera Jr. Rudy Herrera Jr. ... Steve Delgado
Mike Kulcsar Mike Kulcsar ... Alan Richmond
Priscilla Garcia Priscilla Garcia ... Maria
Margaret Garcia Margaret Garcia ... Lupé (as Margarite Garcia)
Gil Barreto Gil Barreto ... José (as Gilberto Berreto)
Bert Madrid Bert Madrid ... Mexican Businessman (as Burt Madrid)
Joe Snyder Joe Snyder ... Rookie Cop
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Storyline

Returning home late one night from a business trip to Mexico, architect Frank Delgado finds the car of wealthy client Alan Richmond in his driveway. Suspecting that his wife Margo and Richmond are having an affair, Frank attacks Richmond when he steps outside and strangles him to death. Although stunned by his action, Frank drives Richmond's body to the beach and, using a spade he brought from his home, buries the body in the sand. As he finishes the burial, Frank overhears a nearby, young, Latin couple's argument escalate into a fight, but drives away without being seen. The next morning as the police receive a report of the discovery of two bodies at the beach, Frank and Margo are awakened by the arrival of Frank's business partner Dick Hill, his wife Sonya and their friends, pornographic film director Goof and his wife Rita. Although reluctant, the tense Frank agrees to accompany the others to the beach house belonging to Richmond, for whom he and Dick are building another property. Written by waomdb.blogspot.com

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...it's a family affair See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Impulsion See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Oscar nomination for "Strange Are The Ways Of Love" for Best Song marked the only time a Crown International Picture title got an Oscar nomination. It lost to "The Morning After" from The Poseidon Adventure (1972). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alan Richmond: Hey, Margo.
Margo Delgado: Alan, no. Please.
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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 8 (2002) See more »

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Strange Are The Ways Of Love
(theme song)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Arranged by Robert Matthews
Vocal by Manuel
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Seemed to Lag Here and There
1 August 2014 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

Upon returning home from a business trip "Frank Delgado" (Alejandro Rey) finds another car in his driveway and happens to see his wife, "Margo Delgado" (Catherine Justice) in their bedroom with another man. As the man comes out into the front yard Frank kills him in a fit of rage. Immediately afterward he comes to his senses and decides to quickly bury him in a field on the outskirts of town. Unfortunately, as luck would have it the body is soon discovered anyway and Frank is considered as a possible suspect. In the meantime though, Frank cannot manage to forgive his wife because of her supposed infidelity and so refrains from making love to her from then on. What he doesn't know is that the man he killed had forced himself on her and since Margo is unaware that Frank knows anything about this incident it has left her feeling confused and sexually frustrated. Now, rather than reveal any more of the film I will just say that this was an adequate movie for the most part. The acting was okay but the story seemed to lag here and there. Likewise, I also thought the ending was a bit too abrupt. All things considered then, I rate the movie as slightly below average.


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