No Way To Treat a Lady (1968)

108 mins | Mystery | 1968

Director:

Jack Smight

Writer:

John Gay

Producer:

Sol C. Siegel

Cinematographer:

Jack Priestley

Editor:

Archie Marshek

Production Company:

Sol C. Siegel Pictures
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in New York City. The film acknowledges the cooperation of the Lincoln Center for the Performing ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in New York City. The film acknowledges the cooperation of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Exec art dir
Art dir & set dec
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward supv
Ward supv
Miss Remick's & Miss Heckart's clothes
MUSIC
Arrangement
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Hairstyle supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel No Way To Treat a Lady by William Goldman (New York, 1964).
SONGS
"A Quiet Place," music and lyrics by Stanley Myers and Andrew Belling, sung by The American Breed
"The Miller of Dee," composer undetermined, adapted by Stanley Myers.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 20 March 1968
Copyright Claimant:
Sol C. Siegel Pictures
Copyright Date:
31 December 1967
Copyright Number:
LP35657
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
108
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Christopher Gill, the wealthy and elegant owner of a Broadway theater, is a psychotic killer who uses his knowledge of disguise and impersonation to gain admittance into the homes of lonely middle-aged women. Once he has strangled them, the only clue left behind is a lipstick kiss painted on the victim's forehead. Police detective Morris Brummel remarks to the press that the murderer is extremely clever, and Gill responds with a telephone call acknowledging the compliment, thus beginning a series of bizarre conversations between the two men. The one bright aspect of the case is that Brummel has met and fallen in love with Kate Palmer, a young woman who spoke to Gill when he was disguised as an Irish priest. Brummel tells reporters that his opponent is obviously sexually disturbed, and Gill calls up to complain and inadvertently reveals an obsessive love for his mother, a famous actress who is now dead. In an attempt to trick the killer into revealing his identity, the police falsely report another "lipstick murder." His ego wounded, Gill telephones to protest and is kept talking long enough for the call to be traced. When he realizes that he has been tricked, Gill decides to get even with Brummel by murdering Kate. Posing as a caterer, he presents himself at Kate's apartment and announces that Brummel has sent over a surprise feast. Brummel arrives in time to save Kate, but Gill escapes to his theater, where he is finally trapped and shot down by ... +


Christopher Gill, the wealthy and elegant owner of a Broadway theater, is a psychotic killer who uses his knowledge of disguise and impersonation to gain admittance into the homes of lonely middle-aged women. Once he has strangled them, the only clue left behind is a lipstick kiss painted on the victim's forehead. Police detective Morris Brummel remarks to the press that the murderer is extremely clever, and Gill responds with a telephone call acknowledging the compliment, thus beginning a series of bizarre conversations between the two men. The one bright aspect of the case is that Brummel has met and fallen in love with Kate Palmer, a young woman who spoke to Gill when he was disguised as an Irish priest. Brummel tells reporters that his opponent is obviously sexually disturbed, and Gill calls up to complain and inadvertently reveals an obsessive love for his mother, a famous actress who is now dead. In an attempt to trick the killer into revealing his identity, the police falsely report another "lipstick murder." His ego wounded, Gill telephones to protest and is kept talking long enough for the call to be traced. When he realizes that he has been tricked, Gill decides to get even with Brummel by murdering Kate. Posing as a caterer, he presents himself at Kate's apartment and announces that Brummel has sent over a surprise feast. Brummel arrives in time to save Kate, but Gill escapes to his theater, where he is finally trapped and shot down by Brummel. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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