No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)

No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)




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John Gay adapted William Goldman's novel for this black comedy about a New York police detective who is trying to catch a serial killer that preys on women. Rod Steiger has a field day as the murderer, a master of disguise (appearing as an Irish priest, a German plumber, a gay hairdresser, a woman) who delights in telephoning and tormenting the cop who's out to nab him.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Paramount Pictures

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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 (I)
as Kupperman
Kim August
as Sadie
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 F. Doyle
as Lieutenant Dawson
David Doyle
as Lt. Dawson
Joey Faye
as Superintendent
Tom Aheame
as Father O'Brien
Don Blair
as Reporter
P. Jay Sidney
as Medical Examiner
Tom Ahearne
as Father O'Brien
Richard Nicholls
as Man in Sardi's
R. Bernard
as Indignant Man
John Gerstad
as Dr. Shaffer
Bill Fort
as Staff Editor
Zvee Scooler
as Old Man
Eddie Philips
as News Vendor
John Dutra
as Man with Dog
Burr Smidt
as Detective Sergeant
Linda Canby
as Teenage Girl
James Dukas
as Police Artist
Don Koll
as Detective
Vincent Sardi
as Himself
J. Molinski
as Himself
Bob O'Connell
as Officer
Tony Major
as Officer
Glenn Kezer
as Officer
Al Nesor
as Customer
Sam Coppola
as Customer
Louis Basile
as Customer
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Critic Reviews for No Way to Treat a Lady

All Critics (9)

Steiger is fine in tricky mystery directed by Jack Smight.

July 25, 2007

A terrific mystery thriller that's both suspenseful and human. Segal is especially winning.

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Amazing performance by Rod Steiger

September 29, 2005
Atlantic City Weekly

First-class thriller with a deliciously twisty William Goldman script and a deliciously twisted murderer.

June 19, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

A thoroughly enjoyable film about a pitiless serial killer of middle-aged women, that is played for laughs at the expense of the women victims.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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November 5, 2004

Audience Reviews for No Way to Treat a Lady


Brilliance by Rod Stieger makes No Way To Treat a Lady a must see for fans of black and white suspense. Steiger plays his role to perfection but Even without his presence the film flows smoothly and captivates the viewer.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

Sylvia Poppie: Is that one of your own wigs you're wearing? Christopher Gill: You don't look like Cleopatra, honey. Belle Poppie: Don't raise your voice! Sylvia Poppie: You homo. Christopher Gill: Doesn't mean you're a bad person.

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Rod Steiger should have an Oscar for his multi-talented portrayl of a serial killer. This film sucks you in as a comedy then kills you as a murder drama. See it. [img][/img] SEE the entire film here: Rod Steiger stars as Christopher Gill, a serial killer who is fixated on his late mother, who had been an actress. Gill preys on older women who remind him of her. [img][/img] Rod Steiger is a gay hairdresser shown here gaining entrance to his victims appartment A Broadway theater director and costumer, he adopts various disguises, e.g. priest, policeman, plumber, hairdresser, etc., to put his victims at ease (and also avoid being identified) before strangling them and painting a pair of lips on their foreheads with garish red lipstick. [img][/img] Directed by Jack Smight Produced by Sol C. Siegel Written by John Gay William Goldman [img][/img] George Segal (Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf) as the detective who lives with his mother Starring Rod Steiger Lee Remick George Segal Eileen Heckart Music by Andrew Belling Stanley Myers Cinematography Jack Priestley Editing by Archie Marshek Distributed by Paramount Pictures Release date(s) March 20, 1968 Running time 108 minutes Country United States Language English Box office $3,100,000 [img][/img]

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