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No Way to Treat a Lady

USA, English, 108 mins

  • Director: Jack Smight
  • Writer: John Gay; William Goldman
  • Producer: Sol C. Siegel

CGiii Comment

Are Jewish mothers really that bad? Because, this one, is a true horror.

Never has a more deserving victim been presented on screen - killing this nagging bitch (nasty word, but apt) in the first 15 minutes would have improved this film no end.

Steiger delivers his whole repertoire - Dorian Smith being his gay incarnation - but, alas, the comedy and drama do not sit well together making the whole filmed ludicrously unbalanced.

It could have been a classic - it most definitely is not.


The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

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

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