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The Brighton Strangler (1945)

After suffering a head injury during the Blitz, an actor comes to believe himself to be the Brighton Strangler, the murderer he was playing onstage.

Director:

Max Nosseck

Writers:

Hugh Gray (additional dialogue), Arnold Lipp (original screenplay) (as Arnold Phillips) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Loder ... Reginald Parker / Edward Grey
June Duprez ... April Manby Carson
Michael St. Angel ... Lt. Bob Carson
Miles Mander ... Chief Inspector W.R. Allison
Rose Hobart ... Dorothy Kent
Gilbert Emery ... Dr. Manby
Rex Evans Rex Evans ... Leslie Shelton
Matthew Boulton ... Inspector Graham
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Banks - the valet
Lydia Bilbrook Lydia Bilbrook ... Mrs. Manby
Ian Wolfe ... Lord Mayor Herman Brandon R. Clive
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Storyline

During WW II, one of the hits of the London stage is a play about a murderer who strangles his victims. The actor who plays the strangler identifies so strongly with his part that when he receives a blow to the head during a bombing raid, he believes that he actually is the strangler. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1945 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

El estrangulador See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of Gilbert Emery See more »

Goofs

The establishing shot is a stock picture of the British House of Parliament. Apparently no one noticed that it was printed backwards, as the building is on the wrong side of the Thames. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy Kent: [to the policeman with their guns drawn] Don't shoot! Applaud, applaud!
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Neat little chiller
18 July 2005 | by lorenellroySee all my reviews

In 1947 Ronald Colman won an Oscar for Best Actor by portraying an actor who becomes obsessed with the role he is playing .This was Othello ,in Shakespeare's play of the same name .The obsession turns into violence and insanity .It was an A movie production featuring the acclaimed Colman and with the prestigious A list director George Cukor behind the camera . The Brighton Strangler was made 2 years earlier and deals essentially with the same theme but has more modest ambitions .It aims merely to be a neat little chiller and it achieves this ambition with some distinction .John Loder plays an actor in the West End of London during the German blitz on the city in World War 2 .He is playing a strangler in a long running play ;when the theatre is levelled by a German bomb he is rendered unconscious but survives .On waking he is an amnesiac and begins wandering the London streets in a dazed condition .He finds himself at Victoria railway station where he overhears a chance remark from a stranger that is an exact duplicate of one from the play .Convinved that he is really a strangler he boards a train for the seaside resort of Brighton where he begins to re-enact his stage role by embarking on a string of strangulation murders ,his steps dogged by the police. Loder is good and Max Nosseck directs with due skill aided by a good script. The supporting cast is capable and the movie will pass an hour or so with some pleasure for the viewer . Its not a major work but is a good study of dual personality along Jekyll and Hyde lines


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