The Honeymoon Killers (1970)

107 mins | Melodrama | 1970

Director:

Leonard Kastle

Writer:

Leonard Kastle

Producer:

Warren Steibel

Cinematographer:

Oliver Wood

Production Company:

Roxanne Co.
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HISTORY

Intended for release by American International Pictures in 1969 as The Lonely Hearts Killers . The working title of this film is Dear Martha . Based on the lives of Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, who were executed for murder in ... More Less

Intended for release by American International Pictures in 1969 as The Lonely Hearts Killers . The working title of this film is Dear Martha . Based on the lives of Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, who were executed for murder in 1951. More Less

DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Dear Martha
The Lonely Hearts Killers
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 4 February 1970
Copyright Claimant:
Roxanne Co.
Copyright Date:
4 February 1970
Copyright Number:
LP38285
Duration(in mins):
107
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Martha Beck, an unmarried, 200-pound nurse in a Mobile, Alabama, hospital, sends her name in to a lonely hearts club, she receives a letter from Spanish immigrant Ray Fernandez. A meeting is arranged, and Martha is immediately attracted to the suave gigolo. She persuades Ray to invite her to stay at his home in New York, where he tells her of his practice of using his appearance and charm to persuade middle-aged women to part with their money. Soon Martha, posing as Ray's sister, joins her new lover in his travels. They start by swindling Doris, a New Jersey schoolteacher, but soon Martha's jealousy causes her to add murder to their list of crimes. When Ray marries Myrtle Young, a pregnant Arkansas woman, to obtain $4,000 for legitimizing the baby, Martha gives the woman an overdose of sleeping pills. Later, in Albany, Martha bludgeons to death rich widow Janet Fay while Ray strangles her. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, they move in with Delphine Downing, an attractive widow with a 2-year-old daughter, but when Ray gets the widow pregnant, the insanely jealous Martha shoots her and drowns the child. Aware that Ray has been consistently unfaithful to her, Martha telephones the police and discloses the murders. While awaiting trial, Martha and Ray correspond with each other, still avowing their ... +


When Martha Beck, an unmarried, 200-pound nurse in a Mobile, Alabama, hospital, sends her name in to a lonely hearts club, she receives a letter from Spanish immigrant Ray Fernandez. A meeting is arranged, and Martha is immediately attracted to the suave gigolo. She persuades Ray to invite her to stay at his home in New York, where he tells her of his practice of using his appearance and charm to persuade middle-aged women to part with their money. Soon Martha, posing as Ray's sister, joins her new lover in his travels. They start by swindling Doris, a New Jersey schoolteacher, but soon Martha's jealousy causes her to add murder to their list of crimes. When Ray marries Myrtle Young, a pregnant Arkansas woman, to obtain $4,000 for legitimizing the baby, Martha gives the woman an overdose of sleeping pills. Later, in Albany, Martha bludgeons to death rich widow Janet Fay while Ray strangles her. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, they move in with Delphine Downing, an attractive widow with a 2-year-old daughter, but when Ray gets the widow pregnant, the insanely jealous Martha shoots her and drowns the child. Aware that Ray has been consistently unfaithful to her, Martha telephones the police and discloses the murders. While awaiting trial, Martha and Ray correspond with each other, still avowing their love. +

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