A black comedy in every sense of the word, this picture is quick, witty, and grisly. Steiger stars as a wealthy, mother-obsessed theater owner in New York City who hates his dead parent (an actress) so much that he is exacting vengeance on every other woman. Having grown up around the
Broadway stage, he uses his masterful knowledge of disguise and his ability to secure costumes to essay seven roles, including a hairdresser, a woman, a waiter, and a plumber. He murders several innocent victims by strangulation, becoming what has since been deemed a "serial killer" because his
modus operandi includes leaving a lipstick kiss on the forehead of each dead woman. Segal, ...