A serial killer fixated on his late mother is flattered upon hearing a police detective commenting in the newspapers how his murders are well-executed, deciding to phone the detective and talk to him regularly without giving too much information about his identity. Due to his mommy issues, the killer usually preys on older women, but decides to change his modus operandi after the detective insults him in their last conversation, instead focusing on the detective’s love interest. Their game of cat-and-mouse is finally concluded in an epic showdown at the Broadway theater where the killer works.

Based on the brilliant William Goldman’s 1964 novel of the same name, No Way to Treat a Lady is a great black comedy thriller with excellent roles played by George Segal, Rod Steiger and Lee Remick. The adaptation was penned by John Gay and directed by Jack Smight, who later commented how much of vital assistance he received from Paramount executive Peter Bart, even more than from Paramount chief Robert Evans. On the experience of shooting the film in New York, Segal simply complimented his fellow actor. “It’s Steiger’s film. He runs around doing all sorts of different roles and I just stop by and watch him. It’s a big, comfortable Hollywood production and I have banker’s hours.”