What's the Matter with Helen?

What's the Matter with Helen?

Debbie Reynolds
Director: Curtis Harrington Cast: Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds
, Shelley Winters
Shelley Winters
, Dennis Weaver
Dennis Weaver
Curtis Harrington




Though it bears more than passing resemblance to his macabre hits Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, this lesser-known outing from screenwriter Henry Farrell takes a more satirical turn, skewering the eccentricities of the Hollywood studio system. The story opens during the advent of talking pictures, where a school for would-be child stars is opened by voice coach Helen Hill (Shelley Winters) and dance instructor Adelle Bruckner (Debbie Reynolds). Haunted by a dark secret -- each of the women's sons was convicted of murder -- Hill and Bruckner are pursued by a cloaked interloper whose incessant snooping leads to a fatal altercation. Suspicion builds between the two until the expected climax, where it is revealed that one of the two women is even more lethal than her homicidal son. Though the film's absurdist tone is a harsh about-face from the deadly deadpan camp of Farrell's Gothic 1960s thrillers, the period flavor is a nice touch, and accomplished director Curtis Harrington frequently achieves the right balance of horror and humor.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2017
UPC: 0826663174090
Original Release: 1971
Rating: NR
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Time: 1:41:00

Special Features

Theatrical Trailer; Radio Spot; Still Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Debbie Reynolds Adelle
Shelley Winters Helen
Dennis Weaver Lincoln Palmer
Agnes Moorehead Sister Alma, Evangelist
Michael MacLiammoir Hamilton Starr
Samee Lee Jones Winona Palmer
Minta Durfee Arbuckle Old Lady
Peter Brocco Old Man
Paulie Clark Mrs. Plumb
Gary Combs Matt Hill
James Dobson Cab Driver
Pamelyn Ferdin Kiddy M.C.
Helene Heigh Widow
Logan Ramsey Detective West
Vicki Schreck Actor
Harry Stanton Malcolm Hays
Debbie van den Houten Sue Anne Schultz
Douglas Deane Fanatical Man
Molly Dodd Mrs. Rigg
Robbi Morgan Rosalie Greenbaum
Peggy Rea Mrs. Schultz
Yvette Vickers Mrs. Barker
Helene Winston Mrs. Greenbaum
Timothy Carey Tramp
Swen Swenson Gigolo
Bill Fritz Musician

Technical Credits
Curtis Harrington Director
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Claude Binyon Asst. Director
George Edwards Producer
Henry Farrell Screenwriter
Ed Feldman Producer
Morton Haack Costumes/Costume Designer
Eugène Lourié Art Director
Al Overton Sound/Sound Designer
David Raksin Score Composer
William H. Reynolds Editor
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design

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