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Once You Kiss a Stranger... (1969)

A woman seduces a professional golfer, then offers to kill his opponent if the golfer will kill her psychiatrist, who wants her committed.

Director:

Robert Sparr

Writers:

Frank Tarloff (screenplay), Norman Katkov (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Paul Burke ... Jerry Marshall
Carol Lynley ... Diana
Martha Hyer ... Lee Marshall
Peter Lind Hayes ... Pete Martin
Philip Carey ... Mike Wilson
Stephen McNally ... Police Lt. Tom Gavin
Whit Bissell ... Dr. David Haggis
Elaine Devry ... Sharon
Kathryn Givney ... Aunt Margaret
George Fenneman ... Announcer
Jim Raymond Jim Raymond ... Johnny Parks
Maura McGiveney Maura McGiveney ... Harriet Parks
Orville Sherman ... Raymond
Ann Doran ... Lee's Mother
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Storyline

Jerry, a Southern California golf pro is the target for Diana a disturbed young woman who desires the death of her shrink, who alone realizes her psychotic potential and seeks to have her committed. She suggests to Jerry that they "swap" murders - she'll kill his golf rival and he'll reciprocate by killing her psychiatrist. When she holds up her half of the bargain, she expects him to follow through with his end. Written by alfiehitchie

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Was there ever a better time to suggest murder ...? See more »

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Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1969 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

Sudden Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was the final directing project by Robert Sparr. His film was released posthumously. See more »

Goofs

When Diana is dubbing the "spy" footage of her and Jerry in bed, the camera is obviously moving. See more »

Connections

Version of Throw Momma from the Train (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Once You Kiss a Stranger
Music by Jimmie Fagas
Lyrics by Ken Darby
Sung by Dick Addrisi
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Strangers on the golf course
26 March 2012 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

A pointless ,useless "remake":although he modified Highsmith's novel,-he told it so in the foreword he wrote for the novel-Hitchcock kept the essential and produced a classic thriller you can watch again and again,with lots of memorable scenes (the murder seen on the glasses,the keys,the merry-go-round which goes crazy,and more).Plus a first-class performance by Robert Walker.

"Once you kiss a stranger" keeps the last word,but there's no more train ,the action takes place in the world of golf;why not after all? But by doing so ,without any suspense ,with a dreadful cast (Carol Lynley as a woman-child is so weird we do not know if she seriously plays or she's having fun with a stupid part of a girl who wants to get rid of her shrink -if you kill my shrink,I will do away with the top golf champion,and you will be number one!-,the director produced one of the worst thrillers of all time.

It's to state the obvious to write that you'd better choose "strangers on the train" (1951).As for Lynley ,take "Bunny Lake is missing" instead.


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