Gene Roddenberry might be rightfully remembered as the creator of Star Trek, but in 1971 he wrote the screen adaptation of Francis Pollini’s novel called Pretty Maids All in a Row, and went on to produce it. Roddenberry’s only feature film writing credit, it’s an unusual but captivating mixture of murder mystery and comedy, with quite a lot of dark humor and sex added into the mix. With a great cast led by Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson and Telly Savalas, Pretty Maids All in a Row was directed by French filmmaker Roger Vadim, whose films usually share a certain distinguishable erotic quality abundantly present in this particular case.

In an American high school at the height of the sexual revolution, a male student is instantly attracted to his substitute teacher, Miss Smith. The school’s football coach and guidance counselor, on the other hand, is no stranger to sexual adventures with his female students. At the same time, the school’s young female students start to get killed by an unknown serial killer, prompting a police detective captain to look into the case. The ride Vadim and Roddenberry prepared here is wild and bizarre, and yet very appealing. Definitely worth your while.