|Patty Duke as Francesca Kinsolving|
|Rosemary Murphy as Mrs. Kinsolving|
|Richard Thomas as Kenneth Kinsolving|
|Sian Barbara Allen as Kathleen Kinsolving|
|Lest someone get the wrong idea and mistake it for a musical, the film|
was marketed with the words "a thriller" in large type and in such
close proximity, it appeared to be part of the complete title
|In 1977, the Glensheen mansion in Duluth, Minnesota was|
the site of the notorious Congdon heiress double murder
When Francesca makes the decision, there and then, to hightail it out of there as fast as her belly and boots will allow, she can hardly be blamed. But alas, her departure is waylaid by a stalled car, a disconnected phone (along with no TV, houses like this never have working phones), and an encroaching blizzard. When snow-clogged roads turn an awkward overnight stay into an acrimonious open-ended sojourn, Francesca's guest status begins to take on the appearance of prisoner.
|Mrs. Kinsolving allows Francesca to stay in Matthew's old room|
That we initially only know as much as Francesca intensifies our identification with her. Later, when more information is disclosed, our perspective of events becomes divided.
|Dennis Rucker as Red Cooper|
|Pray for Francesca's Baby|
|Although their in-law relationship is antagonistic in You'll Like My Mother, Rosemary Murphy|
and Patty Duke went on to play mother and daughter in the 1979 TV movie Before and After
Not being a fan of The Waltons, my only awareness of Richard Thomas at the time was as one of the sociopathic teenagers in the disturbing film Last Summer (1969), so his role here didn't strike me as being as big a departure in type as those who were shocked to see angel-faced John Boy cast as a possible serial killer. He, too, is very good in the film, his malevolent boyishness creating the impression of a grown-up Dennis the Menace as The Bad Seed.
Sian Barbara Allen gets an "introducing" credit in You'll Like My Mother, and her performance garnered near-unanimous praise along with the aforementioned Golden Globe nomination as Most Promising Newcomer. She's obviously very touching and sympathetic, though it's sometimes a distraction that she so reminds me of Mia Farrow in Secret Ceremony (all downcast cow eyes and dark hair cascading over her features). At the time, Allen and Thomas were quite the romantic item.
Copyright © Ken Anderson