What's The Matter With Helen? (1971)
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The Midwestern mothers of two Leopold and Loeb--like murderers move to Hollywood, California in the 1930s and open a dancing school for would-be Shirley Temples seeking to break into the movies. Adelle falls in love with a Texas millionaire, but Helen turns to an evangelist and gradually goes off the deep end. Soon corpses of all kinds start piling up.
Also Known As:
The Box Step
Title: What's The Matter With Helen?
Release Date: June 30, 1971
Runtime: 101 mins
All Genres: Crime, Drama, Horror, Musical, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Buried.com Rating: 7.2 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With W
MPAA Rating: GP
Debbie Reynolds ...Adelle
Shelley Winters ...Helen
Dennis Weaver ...Linc Palmer
Micheal MacLiammoir ...Hamilton Starr (as Micheal Mac Liammoir)
Agnes Moorehead ...Sister Alma
Helene Winston ...Mrs. Greenbaum
Peggy Rea ...Mrs. Schultz
Logan Ramsey ...Detective Sgt. West
Paulle Clark ...Mrs. Plumb
yvette Vickers ...Mrs. Barker
Molly Dodd ...Mrs. Rigg
Samee Lee Jones ...Winona (as Sammee Lee Jones)
Robbi Morgan ...Rosalie
Timothy Carey ...The Tramp
Swen Swenson ...The Gigolo
Debbie Van Den Houten ...Sue Anne
Teresa De Rose ...Donna
Pamelyn Ferdin ...Kiddie M.C.
Allen Pinson ...The Man
James Dobson ...Cab Driver
Sadie Delfino ...The Little Lady
Tammy Lee ...Adelle's Kiddystars
Sharann Hisamoto ...Adelle's Kiddystars (as Sharon Hisamoto)
Stacey Hollow ...Adelle's Kiddystars
Marcia Garcia ...Adelle's Kiddystars
Bambi Meyers ...Adelle's Kiddystars
Roxanne 'Rocky' Meyers ...Adelle's Kiddystars (as Roxanne Meyers)
Vicki Schreck ...Adelle's Kiddystars
Keri Shuttleton ...Adelle's Kiddystars
Shawn Steinman ...Adelle's Kiddystars (as Shawn Steinmann)
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Edward S. Feldman
James C. Pratt
"Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?"
"Animal Crackers in My Soup"
"Oh, You Nasty Man"
"What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
"Bye Bye Blackbird"
- Helen Hill: Men can be quite a bit lower than the angels.
- Shelley Winters decided that after they came in from the rain, her Helen character should have a moment when she kissed Debbie Reynolds Adelle character on the lips. This unscripted moment was filmed but removed from the final print of the movie to avoid attaining an R-rating.
Director Curtis Harrington shot certain scenes with the intention of using dissolves as a transition between scenes. He reluctantly had to remove the dissolves when producer Martin Ransohoff matter-of-factly stated that he didn't like them.
Sister Alma was loosely based on Aimee Semple McPherson.
Joanne Woodward, Shirley MacLaine and Estelle Parsons were each offered roles in the film but passed. Rita Hayworth was approached to play Adelle, but she was in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease, and was therefore unfit to take the part.
When friend/director Curtis Harrington offered her the part, Shelley Winters took the lead role in the film without even reading the script.
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Rating: 7.2 out of 10.0 - 66 votes cast total