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Pretty Maids All in a Row

Anyone seen this completely bonkers exploitation picture from Roger "Barbarella" Vadim? Rock Hudson plays a super-butch guidance councilor/football couch who screws the prettiest of his female students (the Maids) -- until he decides he needs to kill them one at a time, I guess to avoid detection (his motives are hazy).

Angie Dickinson’s a dumb-as-dirt sub teacher whom Rock manipulates into sleeping with a (admittedly rather hot) male student who has a problem with constant erections; DL fave Roddy McDowell is wasted playing an ineffectual principal – he doesn’t sleep with any students, surprisingly.

There's lots of "satire" about California and America (sexual hypocrisy, psychotic love of football, sunshine) that I think says more about Vadim's hang-ups than anything else -- it's a bit like a late-60s Heathers if you took out all the wit and turned the tits and ass up to 11. Still, it's worth a watch, all the way through to the sickly sweet theme at the end, sung by the Osmonds.

And there’s even a scene of the mustachioed Rock chilling at home in a manly caftan.

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by Anonymousreply 2802/23/2021

OP - Are you posting this because you saw it on TCM last week? I've always wanted to see it, set my dvr, and I'm planning on watching it this weekend. I'll check back on this thread after I've seen it.

by Anonymousreply 108/19/2020

It is a sex exploitation flick that shows as much prepubescent tits and ass that was allowed for a mainstream movie in 1971. Rock did it for the paycheck, but he looks like a hot daddy with his pornstache and longish hair. The script and story are poor but there are a few minor laughs from character actors Susan Tolsky and Keenan Wynn.

The young actor who plays the cute teen, John David Carson, was once billed as Rock's protege and had a 20-year career in Hollywood playing small roles in films and TV, including a recurring role on Falcon Crest. He ended up broke, married and living in a motel in Vegas before he died of lymphoma at 57 in 2009.

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by Anonymousreply 208/19/2020

Related thread on John David Carson

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by Anonymousreply 308/19/2020

R1 yep--I'd never heard of it before it showed up on TCM.

by Anonymousreply 408/20/2020

Is there any male nudity? Sexploitation flicks without male nudity are a waste.

by Anonymousreply 508/20/2020

Watched this on a late 90's cable anthology called "TNT Weird." It certainly fit that bill and seems even creepier to me after learning last week that "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry wrote the screenplay.

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by Anonymousreply 608/22/2020

I bought the DVD seven or eight years ago and re-watched it a few months ago. I think it is a very good black comedy.

Rock was hot but with the pornstache he was even hotter.

R6 this may be apocryphal but I heard Roddenberry‘s wife Majel Barrett very strongly urged Roddenberry to suggest casting Rock Hudson. She said he was quite handsome.

by Anonymousreply 708/22/2020

lol i have to watch this.

by Anonymousreply 808/22/2020

When I was a child my parents took the family to go see No Way to Treat a Lady.

They thought is was, by the title, a Hudson/Day rom-com type of movie.

Boy, were they wrong.

Half way through the movie I hear my mom say to my dad, well they've seen half of it...

Then we went to see Pretty Maids ALL in a Row a few years later and I remember my dad going...awww, shit, not again.

And we stayed, again.

by Anonymousreply 908/22/2020

Trailer

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by Anonymousreply 1008/22/2020

Angie was TOTALLY wasted on Rock

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by Anonymousreply 1108/22/2020

"When I was a child my parents took the family to go see No Way to Treat a Lady."

That's a very good movie. Rod Steiger plays a serial killer who preys on women. He eventually goes after Lee Remick, the girlfriend of the detective trying to solve the murders, George Segal.

by Anonymousreply 1208/22/2020

R7, I saw it at 19 when it was first released and thought Rock was sexy as fuck.

In addition to Angie, the supporting cast included Telly Savalas, Keenan Wynn and DL fave Roddy McDowall.

by Anonymousreply 1308/22/2020

Are any of the teens actresses who later became stars? I like stories like that, "oh! It's a young Bea Arthur?"

by Anonymousreply 1408/22/2020

Before Vadim and Roddenberry were brought on board Joe Namath was favored by the original director and producer for the Rock Hudson role.

The role that eventually went to Angie Dickinson was originally intended for Bridget Bardot but she was unable to except the role due to a scheduling conflict.

Roddenberry also cast James Doohan (Scotty from Star Trek) as a police officer.

Of the “pretty maids“ The one with the longest filmography is June Fairchild, her credits include: Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows (1968) - June[7] Head (1968) - The Jumper Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) - Sonny Drive, He Said (1971) - Sylvie[1] Summertree (1971) - Girl in Dorm Top of the Heap (1972) - Balloon Thrower Your Three Minutes Are Up (1973) - Sandi Detroit 9000 (1973) - Barbara (uncredited) Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) - Gloria[1] Dirty O'Neil (1974) - Hitchhiker The Student Body (1976) - Mitzi Sextette (1978) - Woman Reporter Up in Smoke (1978) - Ajax Lady[1] (final film role)

by Anonymousreply 1508/22/2020

Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows (1968) - June

Head (1968) - The Jumper

Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) - Sonny

Drive, He Said (1971) - Sylvie

Summertree (1971) - Girl in Dorm

Top of the Heap (1972) - Balloon Thrower

Your Three Minutes Are Up (1973) - Sandi

Detroit 9000 (1973) - Barbara

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) - Gloria

Dirty O'Neil (1974) - Hitchhiker

The Student Body (1976) - Mitzi

Sextette (1978) - Woman Reporter

Up in Smoke (1978) - Ajax Lady (final film role)

This was easier to read but no more impressive

by Anonymousreply 1608/22/2020

I used to think John David Carson was a son of Johnny Carson. The extended name was probably a SAG issue. Wasn't he a suicide?

"Rock manipulates into sleeping with a (admittedly rather hot) male student who has a problem with constant erections"

This is a common theme in old movies, is it a straight guy fantasy?

by Anonymousreply 1708/22/2020

According to her autobiography, Cybill Shepherd was considered for one of the Maids (who gets killed in a bathroom?), but passed on it to make The Last Picture Show.

by Anonymousreply 1808/22/2020

I'm going to watch it tonight after I'm lightly sauced.

by Anonymousreply 1908/22/2020

Angie getting felt up by Rock.

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by Anonymousreply 2002/23/2021

Rock looked so good in his chic California love-in fashions. The pretty maids were all nudity friendly starlets who all ended up in a Playboy pictorial to promote the film.

by Anonymousreply 2102/23/2021

Based on a trashy book that was popular at the time.

by Anonymousreply 2202/23/2021

Lousy movie but I'm surprised it wasn't a much bigger success.

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by Anonymousreply 2302/23/2021

It was filmed at my high school, University High School. One of my sisters was attending at the time and she said that a lot of the girls were very fascinated by Carson.

by Anonymousreply 2402/23/2021

For anyone interested, this is a video of an actor acting out a print interview John David Carson once did.

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by Anonymousreply 2502/23/2021

r25 It's touching that he said his happiest moment in his young life was his high school graduation.

by Anonymousreply 2602/23/2021

Rock looks like the My Pillow* guy.

Rock, Telly and Angie all later played TV detectives.

It looks like those 70s drive-in movies like "Naughty Co-eds".

by Anonymousreply 2702/23/2021

I remember when it was on HBO in the late ‘70s and my uncles laughing about it. Something about how he always had sex with the girls in a testing room or something and a “testing in progress” light would go on...?

by Anonymousreply 2802/23/2021
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