What's the Matter with Helen? Review
By Christopher Null
What's the matter with Helen? She's a raving lunatic, and given that she's played by Shelley Winters in 1971, she's obese, to boot. It doesn't help that Helen and her pal Adelle (Debbie Reynolds) are both mothers of sons who are convicted murderers. When they move to Hollywood to start over, Adelle moves beyond it (grandstanding in some 15 minutes of song-and-dance numbers with the children she's teaching) but Helen turns into an evangelical nut. High camp without much comedy value.
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Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Thursday 13th April 1972
Production compaines: Filmways Pictures, Raymax Productions
Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 33%
Fresh: 2 Rotten: 4
Cast & Crew
Starring: Debbie Reynolds as Adelle, Shelley Winters as Helen, Dennis Weaver as Linc Palmer, Micheál MacLiammóir as Hamilton Starr (as Micheal Mac Liammóir), Agnes Moorehead as Sister Alma, Helene Winston as Mrs. Greenbaum, Peggy Rea as Mrs. Schultz, Logan Ramsey as Detective Sgt. West, Paulle Clark as Mrs. Plumb, Yvette Vickers as Mrs. Barker, Molly Dodd as Mrs. Rigg, Samee Lee Jones as Winona (as Sammee Lee Jones), Robbi Morgan as Rosalie, Timothy Carey as The Tramp, Swen Swenson as The Gigolo