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What's the Matter With Helen? Movie Review Summary

Actors: Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver, Agnes Moorehead, Yvette Vickers

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WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HELEN? is a movie directed by Curtis Harrington in 1971. The picture earned a nomination for the Academy Award in the "Best Costume Design" category.
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Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters are the unfortunate mothers of two boys who have just been been convicted of murder and sent to jail. Both decide to begin a new life in the Los Angeles of the early thirties. Debbie opens a dance school for children and Shelley plays the piano. While Debbie is falling in love with the rich Texan father of one of her pupils, Shelley is suffering more and more often from harrowing hallucinations. Overwhelmed by guilt, she's believing to be the only person responsible for the bad actions of her son. She cannot also bear that Debbie prefers to spend the evenings with her lover rather than with her. So when Debbie announces to her that she's getting married, Shelley will take the only decision that her sick mind can figure.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   matchbreaker interference Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   stalker with romantic feelings for victim Brain/Body not working?    -   mental illness Lover is...    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   school    -   theater

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of dancing

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