Pretty Maids All in a Row

Overview

Ocean View High is an upscale suburban school in an otherwise unidentified community. It's 1971, the point when the sexual revolution started moving into full swing and even a lot of Middle America, at least on the two coasts, admitted the existence of same revolution. It seems like the guys and girls at Ocean View are all loving pretty freely, and that extends to the school's resident faculty hero, football coach/guidance counselor "Tiger" McDrew Rock Hudson, who -- despite his being married, with a child -- has...
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Overview

Ocean View High is an upscale suburban school in an otherwise unidentified community. It's 1971, the point when the sexual revolution started moving into full swing and even a lot of Middle America, at least on the two coasts, admitted the existence of same revolution. It seems like the guys and girls at Ocean View are all loving pretty freely, and that extends to the school's resident faculty hero, football coach/guidance counselor "Tiger" McDrew Rock Hudson, who -- despite his being married, with a child -- has been bedding many of the prettiest girls at the school. The only kid seemingly not "getting any" is Ponce de Leon Harper John David Carson, who is starting to get neurotic and suffer academically, so much so that he seeks advice from McDrew, especially where his new substitute teacher, Miss Smith Angie Dickinson, is concerned. But then various girls start turning up at the school dead, in various states of undress, with cryptic notes pinned to intimate parts of their anatomy. The lunkhead county sheriff Keenan Wynn is forced to defer to a state police investigator Telly Savalas, who starts nosing around the school and uncovers more than he bargained for in terms of libidinous students, among other problems. Meanwhile, Ponce finds his problem taken care of by Miss Smith, at McDrew's request. But there's still a killer stalking the school. If the plot and ambience of this movie seems shocking today, that's because it would be. Made at the outset of the sexual revolution, this was MGM's desperate attempt to run with the times, in terms of depicting a high school where sexual relations between students are considered routine and even those between faculty and students are accepted as long as they're kept quiet. Anyone trying to make such a movie in 2006 would face threats of prosecution, investigation, etc., and probably find it impossible to get the movie booked into theaters; MGM didn't have that easy a time in 1971, though amazingly the movie has been shown on television. Precisely what director Roger Vadim brought to Gene Roddenberry's screenplay based on a novel by Francis Pollini is difficult to tell, though he at least makes the sleazy and tawdry, smirky sex scenes and leering camera shots flow smoothly -- screenplay, director, and cameraman alike are fixated on the female anatomy throughout, though not in as distinctive a manner as Russ Meyer and his attachment to breasts. The presence of a couple of Star Trek co-stars and supporting villains, James Doohan and William Campbell, also makes this especially weird to watch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • UPC: 027616040435
  • Original Release: 1971
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  • Source: Mgm (Warner)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Hudson Tiger
Angie Dickinson Miss Smith
Telly Savalas Capt. Sam Surcher
John Carson Ponce
Roddy McDowall Proffer
Keenan Wynn Chief John Poldaski
Otis Greene Police Doctor
Alberto Isaac Boy
Kyle Johnson Dave
Tim Ray
Guy Remsen
Orville Sherman Pastor
Diane Sherry Sheryl
Topo Swope
Gary Tigerman
Joyce Williams
Joe Quinn Board Member
Joy Bang Rita
Gretchen Burrell Marjorie
Joanna Cameron Yvonne Millick
James Doohan Follo
Aimee Eccles Hilda Lee
June Fairchild Sonya Sonny Swingle
Barbara Leigh Jean McDrew
Margaret Markov Polly
Brenda Sykes Pamela Wilcox
Susan Tolsky Miss Craymire
William Campbell Grady
Technical Credits
Roger Vadim Director
Preston Ames Art Director
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Bill Brame Editor
Michael Curb Songwriter
George W. Davis Art Director
Jerry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Charles R. Pierce Set Decoration/Design
Gene Roddenberry Producer, Screenwriter
Charles Rosher Jr. Cinematographer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Shifrin Songwriter
David Silver Asst. Director
Allan Snyder Makeup
William Theiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Hal Watkins Sound/Sound Designer
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