I Dismember Mama (1974)

R | 81 or 88 mins | Horror | 1974

Director:

Paul Leder

Writer:

William Norton

Producer:

Leon Roth

Cinematographer:

William Swenning

Production Company:

Romal Films
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HISTORY

Although a 27 Nov 1972 Box review stated that the film was released in Oct 1972 under the title Poor Albert & Little Annie, no other information found in AMPAS library files confirmed the 1972 release date. On 25 Feb 1974, Box reviewed the film for a second time as I Dismember Mama and cited a release date of Jan 1974. According to a 30 Mar 1974 LAT listing, the film played the week of 30 Mar 1974 as I Dismember Mama at the Edison Drive-In theater in Bakersfield, CA. In 1979, Valiant International Pictures had taken over theatrical distribution with screenings in San Diego, CA, and planned screenings in Los Angeles, CA, according to a 7 Mar 1979 LAT news item. A 30 Mar 1983 issue of Var reviewed a re-release of the film at a 24 Mar 1983 screening in New York City and stated that I Dismember Mama “enjoy[ed] an enduring notoriety by virtue of its title change.” ... More Less

Although a 27 Nov 1972 Box review stated that the film was released in Oct 1972 under the title Poor Albert & Little Annie, no other information found in AMPAS library files confirmed the 1972 release date. On 25 Feb 1974, Box reviewed the film for a second time as I Dismember Mama and cited a release date of Jan 1974. According to a 30 Mar 1974 LAT listing, the film played the week of 30 Mar 1974 as I Dismember Mama at the Edison Drive-In theater in Bakersfield, CA. In 1979, Valiant International Pictures had taken over theatrical distribution with screenings in San Diego, CA, and planned screenings in Los Angeles, CA, according to a 7 Mar 1979 LAT news item. A 30 Mar 1983 issue of Var reviewed a re-release of the film at a 24 Mar 1983 screening in New York City and stated that I Dismember Mama “enjoy[ed] an enduring notoriety by virtue of its title change.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27 Nov 1972
p. 4543.
Box Office
25 Feb 1974
p. 4666.
Los Angeles Times
30 Mar 1974
Section II, p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
7 Mar 1979.
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Los Angeles Times
1 Apr 1983.
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Variety
30 Mar 1983.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Lighting
FILM EDITOR
Asst ed
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Poor Albert," lyrics by Rocket Roden, music by Herschel Burke Gilbert, sung by Rocket Roden.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Poor Albert & Little Annie
Release Date:
1974
Production Date:
1972 in Hollywood, CA
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color
Duration(in mins):
81 or 88
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At a mental hospital, Albert Robertson tackles his nurse, forces her onto his bed, and attempts to strangle her. Two orderlies intervene, and, later, Dr. Burton talks to Albert about his problems with women. Albert says he believes his mother is a whore and that is why he stabbed her before he was committed. Meanwhile, in her lavish home in Los Angeles, California, Albert’s mother, Mrs. Laura Robertson, reminds the housekeeper, Alice Loman, to ready the house for a dinner party that evening as Alice sees her eleven-year-old daughter, Annie, off to school. Later that day, Dr. Burton visits Mrs. Robertson to inform her that Albert is being moved to the state mental hospital. While Dr. Burton is away, Albert kills an orderly he befriended and escapes. Soon after, a police detective joins Dr. Burton at the Robertson home, and instructs Mrs. Robertson to stay on the line as she receives a phone call from Albert, who says he can’t wait to see her. Albert steals a car and drives it to his mother’s house. In the meantime, Dr. Burton and Mrs. Robertson relocate to Mrs. Robertson’s second home, but Alice stays behind. When Albert arrives, he finds Alice in a bedroom and asks where his mother is, but Alice claims not to know. Albert asks Alice if she is a virgin and attacks her with a knife. He then orders her to remove her clothes, sing, and dance for him while touching her breasts. Later, Annie rings the door bell as Alice lies dead upstairs. Albert greets Annie at the door, and announces that Alice is sick and went to the doctor. Annie tells Albert that she ... +


At a mental hospital, Albert Robertson tackles his nurse, forces her onto his bed, and attempts to strangle her. Two orderlies intervene, and, later, Dr. Burton talks to Albert about his problems with women. Albert says he believes his mother is a whore and that is why he stabbed her before he was committed. Meanwhile, in her lavish home in Los Angeles, California, Albert’s mother, Mrs. Laura Robertson, reminds the housekeeper, Alice Loman, to ready the house for a dinner party that evening as Alice sees her eleven-year-old daughter, Annie, off to school. Later that day, Dr. Burton visits Mrs. Robertson to inform her that Albert is being moved to the state mental hospital. While Dr. Burton is away, Albert kills an orderly he befriended and escapes. Soon after, a police detective joins Dr. Burton at the Robertson home, and instructs Mrs. Robertson to stay on the line as she receives a phone call from Albert, who says he can’t wait to see her. Albert steals a car and drives it to his mother’s house. In the meantime, Dr. Burton and Mrs. Robertson relocate to Mrs. Robertson’s second home, but Alice stays behind. When Albert arrives, he finds Alice in a bedroom and asks where his mother is, but Alice claims not to know. Albert asks Alice if she is a virgin and attacks her with a knife. He then orders her to remove her clothes, sing, and dance for him while touching her breasts. Later, Annie rings the door bell as Alice lies dead upstairs. Albert greets Annie at the door, and announces that Alice is sick and went to the doctor. Annie tells Albert that she recognizes him from his picture in the foyer, and Albert warms to the child. Leading her to the living room, Albert pretends to be a bullfighter, and Annie enjoys his performance. Meanwhile, Mrs. Robertson tells Dr. Burton that Albert’s father was older and often away on business trips. She explains that she and Albert were always close and begins to cry. Albert decides to take Annie to Magic Mountain, a theme park, but when he goes upstairs to get money from his mother, he finds Alice’s corpse and remembers what he has done. After leaving the house with Annie, Albert learns that Magic Mountain is closed for the winter and takes her on a train ride in the park instead. The police detective returns to the Robertson home, finds Alice dead, and instructs two police officers to look for Annie. At the park, Robert tells Annie she is clean and undefiled and kisses her on the forehead, promising that they will spend the night together. Later, after checking into the bridal suite at a fancy hotel, Albert places a bed sheet over Annie’s head like a veil and presents her with a ring in a mock wedding ceremony. They embrace, and Albert cries. Albert then calls his mother, apologizes, and asks for money, instructing her to have it waiting at home. He warns her that Annie will be accompanying him, and if the police try to stop him, Annie might get hurt. After Annie goes to sleep in her own room at the bridal suite, Albert paces and hovers over her but stops himself from touching the child. He goes to a poolroom and harasses a young woman as she plays billiards. The woman leaves her older date to take a walk with Albert to his hotel suite. Albert suggests they dance, then undresses the woman; at the same time, Annie wakes up and spies on them. When the woman begins to kiss him passionately, Albert orders her to stop and strangles her. Seeing this, Annie screams and flees through the window, descending the fire escape. Albert gives chase and follows her into a nearby building, where he stops in a room filled with mannequins and cries, calling out to Annie that he loves her. Albert eventually spots Annie in the sea of mannequins and yells at her for fooling him, proclaiming that she is “just like all the rest.” Albert grabs a butcher knife and approaches her, but Annie runs. Meanwhile, the police arrive at Albert’s hotel suite and find the girl’s corpse. In the nearby building, Albert continues to pursue Annie, but when he lunges at her with the butcher knife, he accidentally falls through a window to his death. +

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