Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A crafty serial killer plays a game of cat-and-mouse with a harried police detective trying to track him down.
The film was playing in Vallejo, California in April 1969, just after the Zodiac Killer murdered his first known victims, also in Vallejo. Many criminologists believe that the Zodiac Killer was a movie buff or was influenced by motion pictures, and that he took ideas and phrases from movies for his taunting missives to the police and to area newspapers, which began in August 1969. Others believe that he was from Vallejo. The fact that "No Way To Treat a Lady" was about a serial killer who enjoys taunting the policeman on his trail makes it an interesting footnote to the Zodiac Killer case.
Are you tender, Morris? You can have me if you say "yes."
The opening scene shows what appears to be a red-haired Rod Steiger dressed in priest clothing walking down the sidewalk but that is actually a double. The real Rod Steiger ascends the steps a couple of seconds too early for the progression of time to be credible. This effect compromised the continuity, but it was probably done intentionally so as to hasten the scene.
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