The Todd Killings

The Todd Killings is a 1971 psychological thriller directed by Barry Shear and starring Robert F. Lyons, Richard Thomas, Belinda Montgomery, and Barbara Bel Geddes. It is based on the true crimes of serial killer Charles Schmid in the 1960s.

The Todd Killings
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Directed byBarry Shear
Produced byBarry Shear
Written byDennis Murphy
Joel Oliansky
StarringRobert F. Lyons
Richard Thomas
Belinda Montgomery
Barbara Bel Geddes
Music byLeonard Rosenman
CinematographyHarold E. Stine
Edited byWalter Thompson
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • October 20, 1971 (1971-10-20) (U.S.)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States


Skipper Todd (Robert F. Lyons) is a ne'er-do-well who spends his time wanting to be a rock star and playing mentor to the local high school crowd while sponging off of his mother (Barbara Bel Geddes). He is also the chief suspect in the disappearance of a local girl. After befriending naive Billy Roy (Richard Thomas), Todd sets his sights on Roberta (Belinda Montgomery).



The film was released theatrically in the United States by Warner Bros. on October 20, 1971.

The film was given a belated VHS release by Warner Home Video in 1993. It was released on DVD in 2010 via the Warner Archive on-demand service. This release is anamorphic 2:35:1.[1]

See also


  1. "The Todd Killings (1971)". Retrieved 2012-04-20.
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