SHE'S DRESSED TO KILL (TV movie)

12/10/1979. Monday, 9 pm. 2 hours.
NBC.
aka: "Dressed to Kill" and "Someone's Killing the World's Greatest Models."
Drama.
Code: SDK 12/1979

PLOT

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.

CREDITS

Writer: George Lefferts.
Director: Gus Trikonis.

CAST

Eleanor Parker as Regine Danton
John Rubinstein as Alan Lenz
Jessica Walters as Irene Barton
Connie Sellecca as Alix Goldman
Jim McMullan as david Barton
Clive Revill as Victor La Salle
Gretchen Corbett as Laura gooch
Joanna Cassidy as Camille Bettancourt
Peter Horton as Tony Smith
Jonathan Banks as Rudy Striker, mechanic and ex-con. Listed 15th of 26.

BAD GUY

Rudy is an ex-con and blackmailer. There’s 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.

CHARACTER

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.

COMMENTS

The film isn’t 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.

COSTUME

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.

CRITICS

"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.

LINES

"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?"

LOCATION

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, California.

SCREEN TIME

7 1/2 minutes, in 14 scenes, throughout film.

WORKED WITH

Gretchen Corbett (OTW 1/1985)
Connie Sellecca (DOM 12/1987)
John Rubinstein (CLFF 3/1985)