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Wanted for Murder (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 2 November 1946 (USA)
The son of a Victorian hangman is driven insane by thoughts of his father's profession. The young man emulates his father by strangling young women. He then meets and falls in love with a ... See full summary »

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(stage play), (stage play) (as Terence De Marney) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Roland Culver ...
Chief Insp. Conway
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Sgt. Sullivan
Barbara Everest ...
Mrs. Colebrooke
Bonar Colleano ...
Cpl. Nick Mappolo
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Jeannie McLaren
Kathleen Harrison ...
Florrie
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Det. Ellis
Viola Lyel ...
Mabel Cooper
John Salew ...
Det. Walters
John Ruddock ...
Glover
Edna Wood ...
Miss Kemp
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Boat Rental Agent
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The son of a Victorian hangman is driven insane by thoughts of his father's profession. The young man emulates his father by strangling young women. He then meets and falls in love with a woman but can he suppress his urge to kill her ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Release Date:

2 November 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Voice in the Night  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 28 January 1954 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Sunday 15 August 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2). In San Francisco it made its television debut Friday 10 June 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »

Goofs

After a handkerchief is discovered near a murder victim, an inspector from Scotland Yard tries to track down the owner via the laundry mark on it. The next scene shows a commercial laundryman carrying a wicker laundry basket into a home. Outside the home, the laundry basket bears the number "T 31". Upon entering the home the laundry basket bears the number "T 14". See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Sullivan: There's one other thing sir. Course, you can take this for what it's worth.
Chief Insp. Conway: Yes?
Sgt. Sullivan: My wife says she's certain there's going to be another murder tonight.
Chief Insp. Conway: Your wife isn't the strangler by any chance, is she?
Sgt. Sullivan: Not that I know of sir. Only she's just got a feeling that's all. She's septic. Er - psychic...
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Soundtracks

A Voice in the Night
Lyrics by Mischa Spoliansky
Music by Mischa Spoliansky (uncredited)
Sung by Elizabeth Webb
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Marvelous British Suspense Film
29 December 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Don't be put off by the generic title. This is a film of subtlety and grace.

Eric Portman is perfect as the troubled protagonist. Dulcie Gray enchants as the vulnerable yet strong-willed heroine. And the supporting cast is uniformly excellent.

This is a variation on the Jack the Ripper theme. Someone is strangling young women, sending notes to Scotland Yard in advance. Ronald Culver is absolutely right as the chief inspector on the case.

The psychology may be painted with slightly broad strokes. But the acting elevate that: The pain felt by all concerned is palpable. We do not admire the killer but we have understanding of the person's behavior. The victims and would-be victims are touching. And the attempts by secondary characters to help are persuasive and upsetting to us.


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