No Way to Treat a Lady

No Way to Treat a Lady

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Director: Jack Smight

Cast: Jack Smight, Rod Steiger, Lee Remick, George Segal

     
 

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Jack Smight's adaptation of William Goldman's dark comedy No Way to Treat a Lady comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. ParamountSee more details below

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Jack Smight's adaptation of William Goldman's dark comedy No Way to Treat a Lady comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. Paramount deserves credit for releasing this older title with such strong visual quality, but there is little else on this disc of interest to the average DVD consumer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
Nowadays, when it seems that a successful film has to be either a big holiday or summer special-effects blockbuster, or a cheap independent circuit success, it makes one long for the days when good films with good stories were made for modest budgets and provided a decent piece of entertainment without overloading the senses. This dying breed of the movies is still around, however, and although often under appreciated, should be sought out. One case in point is No Way to Treat a Lady, a black comedy that combines a crime drama with the often humorous relationships men have with their mothers. In spite of the film being a thriller, we know from the beginning who the bad guy is. It's Rod Steiger, who gets to really stretch and ham it up as a theater manager/serial killer who murders each of his victims in some outlandish disguise to win their trust. George Segal is the cop who must crack the case and, at the same time, fend off his wonderfully annoying mother, Eileen Heckart (whose running gag line, "Who ever heard of a Jewish cop?" gets repeated over and over again throughout). Steiger's character is one of those vain killers who checks the newspaper for reports of his exploits and who takes to calling Segal when the facts are reported wrong or when he wants to taunt the authorities. Segal is rather bland, although it's not really his fault since the role doesn't give him much to do other than to react to the other characters, particularly his mother, Steiger, and Lee Remick, as his love interest and would-be victim of the murderer. Steiger goes way, way over the top, but it works because the film has set him up to be not only flamboyant, but overreactive to mother issues of his own. His various disguises get odder and odder as the film moves along, and when it shifts from comedy into resolution of the crime mode, his character becomes that much more menacing, not because he's funny but because we learn, as Segal puts the pieces together, that he is honestly and truly deranged. Remick serves as the breath of fresh air, only because her character is the only one who isn't dealing with some sort of emotional crisis. The scene where she meets and charms Heckart is an overlooked comedic gem.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/2002
UPC:
0097360672442
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:48:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 tvs; English subtitles; Dolby Digital English Mono French Mono

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod Steiger Christopher Gill
Lee Remick Kate Palmer
George Segal Morris Brummel
Eileen Heckart Mrs. Brummel
Murray Hamilton Inspector Haines
Michael Dunn Mr. Kupperman
Martine Bartlett Alma Mulloy
Barbara Baxley Belle Poppie
Irene Dailey/Martin Donegan Mrs. Fitts
Doris Roberts Sylvia Poppie
Ruth White Mrs. Himmel
Val Bisoglio Detective Monaghan
David F. Doyle Lieutenant Dawson
Kim August Sadie
Tom Aheame Father O'Brien
Louis Basile Customer
Sam Coppola Actor
James Dukas Police Artist
Joey Faye Superintendent
John Gerstad Dr. Shaffer
Glenn Kezer Officer
Don Koll Detective
Tony Major Actor
Al Nesor Actor
Bob O'Connell Actor
Patricia Ripley Woman
Vincent Sardi Actor
Zvee Scooler Old Man
P. Jay Sidney Medical Examiner
Burr Smidt Detective Sergeant

Technical Credits
Jack Smight Director
Ernest Adler Makeup
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Belling Score Composer,Songwriter
John Gay Screenwriter
George Jenkins Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Archie Marshek Editor
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Terence Nelson Asst. Director
George Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob O'Bradovich Makeup
Hal Pereira Art Director
Jack Priestley Cinematographer
Sol C. Siegel Producer
William Goldman Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Visit From the Priest [8:57]
2. Mother [1:27]
3. Questioning the Witness [2:08]
4. Pictures of Frankfurt [5:47]
5. Fibbing [2:46]
6. Cat Lady [5:17]
7. Morris Brummel, Boy Detective [3:54]
8. Disparaging Comments [3:45]
9. Back on the Case [5:37]
10. Another Murder [:37]
11. Romance [5:05]
12. Sixth Victim [4:33]
13. Phony Suspect [4:21]
14. Special Meal [4:38]
15. No Concrete Evidence [1:19]
16. Death Sentence [5:18]

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