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This is an ORIGINAL Studio Synopsis Script with the original film title, BOX STEP.

This is an old studio synopsis script that has the title on the cover and the original title BOX STEP on the mimiographed pages.

It is 56 pages and told the story content for the 1971 Crime Drama Horror film,

What's the Matter with Helen?

Two middle-aged women move to Hollywood, California after their sons are convicted of a notorious murder and open a dance school for children eager to tap their way to stardom.

Set in the 30s, Helen and Adelle are two women whose sons commit a gruesome murder. After their conviction, they move to Hollywood change their names and open a dance school for girls. Adelle is looking for a good life and when one of the parents of her students who is wealthy takes a liking to her she thinks she's got it made. Helen thinks that someone who blames them for what their sons did is stalking them. But Adelle thinks it's all in her mind.

Director: Curtis Harrington

Writer: Henry Farrell

Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver

Cast

Debbie Reynolds ... Adelle
Shelley Winters ... Helen
Dennis Weaver ... Linc Palmer
Micheál MacLiammóir ... Hamilton Starr (as Micheal Mac Liammóir)
Agnes Moorehead ... Sister Alma
Helene Winston ... Mrs. Greenbaum
Peggy Rea ... Mrs. Schultz
Logan Ramsey ... Detective Sgt. West
Paulle Clark ... Mrs. Plumb
Yvette Vickers ... Mrs. Barker
Molly Dodd ... Mrs. Rigg
Samee Lee Jones ... Winona (as Sammee Lee Jones)
Robbi Morgan ... Rosalie
Timothy Carey ... The Tramp
Swen Swenson ... The Gigolo

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MORE INFO ON DEBBIE REYNOLDS: Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress, singer, and dancer.

Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Maxine N. (née Harmon; 1913-1999) and Raymond Francis Reynolds (1903-1986), who was a carpenter for Southern Pacific Railroad. Reynolds was a Girl Scout and a troop leader. A scholarship in her name is offered to high-school age Girl Scouts. Her family moved to Burbank, California, in 1939. While a student at John Burroughs High School, at age sixteen, Reynolds won the Miss Burbank Beauty Contest, a motion picture contract with Warner Brothers, and acquired her new first name.

Reynolds regularly appeared in movie musicals, most notably Singin' in the Rain, during the 1950s and chalked up several hit records despite an only intermittent career as a recording artist. Her song "Aba Daba Honeymoon" (featured in the 1950 film Two Weeks With Love as a duet with Carleton Carpenter) was a top 3 hit in 1951. She is also remembered for her smash recording of the theme song "Tammy" which earned her a gold record and was the best-selling single by a female vocalist in 1957 and was number one for 5 weeks on the Billboard pop charts. Reynolds also scored two additional top 25 Billboard hits with "A Very Special Love" in 1958 and 1960's "Am I That Easy to Forget", a pop version of a country hit made famous by both songwriter Carl Belew in 1959, Skeeter Davis in 1960, and several years later by Engelbert Humperdinck.

During the 1950s, Reynolds also starred in numerous movies, such as Bundle of Joy, with her then husband, Eddie Fisher, recorded hit songs (most notably "Tammy" from her 1957 film Tammy and the Bachelor, playing opposite Leslie Nielsen, the first of the series of Tammy movies), and headlined in major Las Vegas showrooms. Her starring role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) led to an Oscar nomination, but she lost to Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins. She played Jeanine Deckers in The Singing Nun.

In what Reynolds called the "stupidest mistake of my entire career", she made big headlines in 1970 after instigating a fight with NBC over cigarette advertising on her TV show. NBC canceled the show. She is still making appearances in film and television, one of the few actors from MGM's "golden age of film" (along with Mickey Rooney, Lauren Bacall, Margaret O'Brien, Jane Powell, Rita Moreno, Leslie Caron, Dean Stockwell, Angela Lansbury, Russ Tamblyn and June Lockhart) who are still active in filmmaking. From 1999 to its 2006 finale, she played the recurring role of Grace's ditzy mother Bobbi Adler on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. She also plays a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) Halloweentown series as Aggie Cromwell. Reynolds made a guest appearance as a presenter at the 69th Annual Academy Awards.

Reynolds has several CDs on the market of both vintage performances and later recordings.

Reynolds won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1956 for her role in The Catered Affair. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), a Golden Globe for The Debbie Reynolds Show on television (1970), a Golden Globe for the motion picture Mother (1996), and a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for In & Out (1997). In 1997, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy.

Reynolds' foot and hand prints are preserved at the Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6654 Hollywood Boulevard.

In November 2006, Reynolds received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from Chapman University in Orange, California. On May 17, 2007, she was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she had contributed for many years to the film studies program. In her acceptance speech, she referred to the University as "Nevahda ... Arizona".

Reynolds married and divorced three times. She and first husband Eddie Fisher wed in 1955. They are the parents of Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher. A public scandal ensued when Eddie and Elizabeth Taylor fell in love, and the Fishers were divorced in 1959. Reynolds' second marriage, to millionaire businessman Harry Karl, lasted from 1960 to 1973. At the end, she found herself in financial difficulty due to Karl's gambling and bad investments. (Under the community property laws of California, both spouses in a marriage are legally responsible for debts incurred by either.) Reynolds was married to real estate developer Richard Hamlett from 1984 to 1996. They purchased a small hotel and casino in Las Vegas, but it was not a success. In 1997, Reynolds was forced to declare bankruptcy.

Reynolds has been active in the Thalians Club, a charitable organization. She is a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

She has amassed a large collection of movie memorabilia and displayed them, first in a museum at her Las Vegas hotel and casino during the 1990s and later in a museum close to the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California. She has on several occasions auctioned off items from the collection. The collection will re-open in the Gatlinburg TN area in the future.

She currently resides in Los Angeles next door to her daughter Carrie, and her granddaughter, Billie.

MORE INFO ON SHELLEY WINTERS: Shelley Winters (August 18, 1920 - January 14, 2006) was an-winning Americanwho appeared in dozens of films, as well as on stage and television.

Winters was born Shirley Schrift in, the daughter ofparents Rose (Winter), a singer with, and Jonas Schrift, a designer of men's clothing. Her family moved towhen she was three years old. She studied in the Hollywood Studio Club, sharing the same bedroom with another beginner,.

As theobituary noted, "A major movie presence for more than five decades, Shelley Winters turned herself into a widely respected actress who won two." Winters originally broke into Hollywood as "the Blonde Bombshell", but quickly tired of the role's limitations. She washed off her makeup and played against type to set up's beauty in,still a landmark American film. As thereported, the general public was unaware of how serious a craftswoman Winters was. "Although she was in demand as a character actress, Winters continued to study her craft. She attended's Shakespeare classes and worked at, both as student and teacher."

Her first movie was What a Woman! (1943). Working in films (in mostly bit roles) through the forties, Winters' first achieved stardom with her breakout performance as the victim of insane actorin's, in 1948. She quickly ascended inwith leading roles in(1949) and(1950), opposite. But it was her performance in, a departure from the sexpot image that her studio,, was building up for her at the time, that first brought Shelley Winters acclaim, earning a nomination for thefor.

Throughout the 1950s, Winters continued in films, most notably in's masterpiece, 1955's, withand. She also returned to the stage on various occasions during this time, including a Broadway run in. In 1959, she won anforforand another for(1965).

Notable later roles included her lauded performance as the man-hungry Charlotte in's, oppositein, as the once gorgeous, alcoholic former starlet "Fay Estabrook" in Harper (both 1966), in(1972) as the ill-fated Belle Rosen (for which she received her final Oscar nomination), and in(1976). She also returned to the stage during the 1960s and 1970s, most notably in'. Unfortunately, her prestigious work during this period tended to be undermined by her forays into camp kitsch with films like 1968'sand 1971's. Always conscious of her Jewish heritage"€"she had first learned her trade in the"€"she donated her Oscar forto thein.

As the Associated Press reported, "During her fifty years as a widely known personality, Winters was rarely out of the news. Her stormy marriages, her romances with famous stars, her forays into politics and feminist causes kept her name before the public. She delighted in giving provocative interviews and seemed to have an opinion on everything."

That led to a second career as a writer. Though not an overwhelming beauty, her acting, wit, and "chutzpah" gave her a love life to rival Monroe's. In late life, she recalled her conquests in autobiographies so popular they undermined her reputation as a serious actor. She wrote of a yearly rendezvous she kept with, as well as her affairs with,and.

Winters suffered a significant weight gain later in life, frequently stating that it was a marketing tool, since there were plenty of prominent normal-weight older actresses but fewer overweight ones, and her obesity would enable her to find work more easily. In 1973 Winters even put on a short-livedmusical revue entitled "The Hoofing Hollywood Heifer", co-starring Charles Nelson Reilly and Bongo, a tap-dancing chimp. Although it closed after only eight performances, this show was applauded for its sheer campy bravado by many critics, one of whom stated that Winters was a "Whale of a Talent looking for a sea of applause big enough to rest her massive girth."

Audiences born in the 1980s knew her primarily for the autobiographies and for her television work, in which she played a humorous parody of her public persona. In a recurring role in the 1990s, Winters played the title character'son the.Her final film roles were supporting ones, as's wife in(1996), and as a bitter nursing home administrator in 1999's.

She was married four times. Her husbands were:

Capt. Mack Paul Mayer, whom she married on, 1943; they divorced in October 1948. Mayer was unable to deal with Shelley's "Hollywood lifestyle" and wanted a "traditional homemaker" for a wife. Winters wore his wedding ring up until her death and kept their relationship very private.

, whom she married on April 28, 1952; they divorced on June 2, 1954. They had one child, Vittoria born February 14, 1953, a physician, who practices internal medicine atin. She was Winters' only child.

, whom she married on May 4, 1957; they divorced on November 18, 1960.

, on January 14, 2006, hours before her death.

Shortly before her death, Winters married long-time companion, with whom she had lived for nineteen years. Though Winters' god-daughter objected to the marriage, the actress, performed the wedding ceremony for the two at Winters' deathbed. Non-denominational last rites for Winters were also performed by Kirkland, a minister of the. Winters also had a romance withthat became a long-term friendship. She starred with him in the 1951 film,, as well as in a 1957 television production of's novel,.

Winters died on January 14, 2006 of at the Rehabilitation Centre of Beverly Hills; she had suffered aon October 14, 2005. Her third ex-husbanddied of a stroke five days later.


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