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Wicked, Wicked

Directed by Richard L. Bare
Produced by Richard L. Bare
William T. Orr
Written by Richard L. Bare
Starring David Bailey
Tiffany Bolling
Randolph Roberts
Edd Byrnes
Madeleine Sherwood
Arthur O'Connell
Stefanianna Christopherson
Music by Philip Springer
Cinematography Frederick Gately
Editing by John F. Schreyer
Distributed by United States MGM/UA (theatrical);
Release date(s) United States June 13, 1973[1] (New York City)
Running time 95 min.
Country  United States
Language English

Wicked, Wicked is a 1971 horror-thriller feature film starring David Bailey, Tiffany Bolling and Randolph Roberts that was presented in "Duo-Vision," a gimmick more commonly known as split-screen.



The Grandview is a sprawling Californian hotel with a terrible secret: single blonde visitors who check in don't check out. Hotel detective Rick Stewart (David Bailey) begins investigating what's happened to a handful of vanishing guests but he soon becomes personally involved when his brunette ex-wife, Lisa James (Tiffany Bolling), arrives for a singing engagement at the hotel. When Lisa dons a blonde wig for her performance, she finds herself the next target of a psychopathic killer.


Filmed at the historic Hotel del Coronado[2], and presented almost entirely in split-screen, the film utilizes the organ score that was originally written to accompany the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera[2]. "Although primarily [the split-screen] serves to depict simultaneous action,"[3] director James L. Bare explained, "Duo-Vision also lends itself to showing truth and untruth, flashbacks in time, visions of the future or cause and effect without abrupt interruption of the story's main continuity. As applied to Wicked, Wicked the Duo-Vision technique involves an active screen and a passive screen, meaning that dialogue comes from only one screen at a time while silent footage unreels on the other so there is no dialogue confusion."[3]


Critics were generally unkind to the film, and box office attendances were low. Director Richard L. Bare wrote in his autobiography, "The college students were unanamous in their praise, but the picture opened quietly, played a while, and then disappeared.[4]." According to Bare, the film received minuscule promotion because MGM owner Kirk Kerkorian was draining the company's funds to build a Las Vegas casino[4]. The movie has never had an official home video release in America, but it's aired a few times on Turner Classic Movies' cult movie showcase TCM Underground [2]


  1. ^ Release dates for Wicked, Wicked at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved November 29, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Wicked, Wicked: TCM Underground - In The Know". Retrieved 2009-11-29.  
  3. ^ a b "Wicked, Wicked: TCM Underground - Insider Info". Retrieved 2009-11-29.  
  4. ^ a b Bare, Richard L. (2001). Confessions of a Hollywood Director. Scarecrow Press, Inc.. pp. 300.  

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