What's the Matter with Helen? 1971

What's the Matter With Helen?

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After their sons are convicted of homicide in a highly publicized trial, Midwesterners Adelle (Debbie Reynolds) and Helen (Shelley Winters) begin receiving threatening phone calls and decide to begin their lives anew in Hollywood, Calif. They open a dance school for young girls, and, while the business succeeds, their troubles continue. Helen becomes dangerously neurotic and increasingly clings to Adelle, who longs to marry the wealthy parent (Dennis Weaver) of one of her students.

Cast & Crew

Debbie Reynolds
Adelle Bruckner
Dennis Weaver
Lincoln Palmer
Micheál MacLiammóir
Hamilton Starr
Helene Winston
Mrs. Greenbaum
Peggy Rea
Mrs. Schultz
Edward S. Feldman
Executive Producer
James C. Pratt
Associate Producer
Matty Malneck
Original Music
David Raksin
Original Music
Johnny Mercer
Non-Original Music
Lucien Ballard
Cinematographer
William Reynolds
Film Editor
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Critic Reviews for What's the Matter with Helen?

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Audience Reviews for What's the Matter with Helen?

  • Mar 21, 2014
    Not exactly what I expected. The thriller element was not well presented, not exactly a drama either. I enjoy the dance, sure, but that's all there is. The psycho biddy element was down played. However, I liked the twist at the end.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2011
    Starts out strong, drags in the middle and ends strong. I don't particularly like the DVD cover, which gives away the ending a bit, but it's not altogether uninteresting. I felt that the tap-dancing scenes with the kids should have either been cut in half or cut out altogether as they had really nothing to do with what was going on. There's too much lag time in the middle with no tension build-up. However, the everything around that works well. If only the middle part had been as good as the rest.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2009
    More a drama with suspense elements than a horror film. Debbie looks like a million and Shelley gives a good performance in the beginning until she starts biting off large pieces of the scenery towards the end. Enjoyable overall.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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