The Stepmother

  • 1971
  • Movie
  • R
  • Thriller

Rey plays Frank, an insanely jealous architect who thinks that his faithful wife Margo (Justice) is guilty of infidelity. In his rage he ends up killing two of his business associates and framing an innocent man (Renard). These events force Margo to begin drinking and, eventually, she seduces her stepson Steve (Herrera Jr.). Upon discovering what has happened,...read more

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Rey plays Frank, an insanely jealous architect who thinks that his faithful wife Margo (Justice) is guilty of infidelity. In his rage he ends up killing two of his business associates and framing an innocent man (Renard). These events force Margo to begin drinking and, eventually, she

seduces her stepson Steve (Herrera Jr.). Upon discovering what has happened, Frank follows the couple to a remote cabin where the film reaches its climax. THE STEPMOTHER is tedious low-budget nonsense. Rey and Justice give average performances and Avedis keeps things moving at an acceptable pace,

but the script is so full of implausibilities and holes that it leaves the actors looking lost. However, the film is noteworthy for a few reasons. It was the acting debut of John Garfield's son, whose performance didn't exactly draw comparisons to his late father. In fact, he made just one more

screen appearance (a small role in THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN in 1975) before calling it a career. It also includes an appearance by Playboy Playmate Claudia Jennings, whose character name says it all. (This was a banner year for Claudia as she also appeared in GATOR BAIT and TRUCK STOP

WOMEN.) The most interesting fact concerning the film, however, is that it is easily the most obscure movie to be nominated for an Academy Award. Incredibly, the instantly forgettable tune "Strange are the Ways of Love" by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster received an Oscar nomination for Best

Song. Needless to say, it didn't win.

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  • Released: 1971
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Rey plays Frank, an insanely jealous architect who thinks that his faithful wife Margo (Justice) is guilty of infidelity. In his rage he ends up killing two of his business associates and framing an innocent man (Renard). These events force Margo to begin… (more)

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