Pretty Maids All in a Row  

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Pretty Maids All in a Row is an American movie that is part dark comedy, and part murder mystery film. It was released in 1971, directed by Roger Vadim, and written and produced by Gene Roddenberry based on the novel by Francis Pollini.

Pretty Maids was Roger Vadim's first American film. The April 1971 issue of Playboy magazine published an article about the movie written by Vadim. This includes a nine-page pictorial of actresses Angie Dickinson, Gretchen Burrell, Aimee Eccles, Margaret Markov, Playboy bunny Joyce Williams, and others.


The film is set in "Oceanfront High School", a fictitious American high school in the height of the sexual revolution. The movie was notorious at the time (1971), for its sexual content in the form of the young female high school students who are being targeted by an unknown serial killer. The film centers around the sexual frustrations of Ponce (John David Carson), a male student who is surrounded by a seemingly unending stream of beautiful and sexually provocative female students.

The film's other star, Michael "Tiger" McDrew, is played by Rock Hudson. Tiger is the high school's football coach and guidance counselor. Early in the movie the audience is introduced to another aspect of Hudson's character. He is quite fond of sexual encounters with young, attractive female students in the school. Tiger befriends Ponce and tries to help Ponce deal with his sexual frustrations by encouraging him to seek the affections of a substitute teacher, Miss Smith, played by Angie Dickinson.

In the course of the movie, one young girl after another turns up dead. A police detective captain, Sam Surcher (Telly Savalas), investigates the deaths but never makes an arrest. Tiger is suspected, but never caught red-handed. At the end of the film, we learn that Tiger has moved to Brazil.

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