SHE'S DRESSED TO KILL (TV movie)
One by one, models from an agency are being murdered. Models, murderer, red herrings are all trapped in a mountaintop estate by a sabotaged tramway.
Rudy is an ex-con and blackmailer. Theres a great scene where he leans against an unclothed mannequin, eyes shut, blows smoke against her neck, and rests his chin on her shoulder, that sets up the bad guy character nicely. He gets that bad guy lighting classic-- underlit face in the dark hall. He attacks Camille, throwing her to her bed and straddling her, adding sexual threat to blackmail. When he grabs Alix he puts his face into her hair, and uses a really big wrench to play with it. He gets karate-chopped by Alix.
As an ex-con Rudy is worried about trouble with the cops. Likes to bully women, but can't take being threatened himself. He blows smoke-rings at the breakfast table. At end of film he is sweetly apologetic to Alix; hands her his jacket to keep warm, leaving himself chilly.
The film isnt great, a sort of high fashion "And Then There Were None" with a tramway, but JB has a lot of unusual and interesting bad guy moments in it.
This is the longest hair ever on JB, very curly, with long sideburns. There is a flattering black turtleneck in the blackmail scene. The models high fashion clothes are by Travilla.
"Ludicrous but campy fun." Los Angeles Times, 12/10/1979, sec.IV, p.26
"Diverting vidpic, despite the silliness. the killer literally unmasks for no reason." Variety, 12/12/1979.
"You know I got a record. If there's any trouble, I'm in bad shape."
"That's a nice body."
"Now I'll bet you didn't know they hide cameras in the rooms, did ya?"
"You wanna play rough?"
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, California.
7 1/2 minutes, in 14 scenes, throughout film.