Grip of the Strangler

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Time Out says

A Jekyll and Hyde tale set in London in the 1880s, with an immaculate performance from Karloff as a distinguished novelist and social reformer who investigates the case of 'The Haymarket Strangler' - suspecting that a sailor found guilty and executed was in fact innocent - and finds the trail leading in alarmingly compromising directions. Opening grimly with a public hanging (with callous crowd hungry for a spot of entertainment eagerly in attendance), and making evocative use of 'The Judas Hole' (a sleazy music hall whose scantily-clad girls become the target for murder), the whole film is powerfully underpinned by the repressive nature of Victorian society. Uncommonly gripping, wonderfully atmospheric, it has a real touch of the Val Lewtons.
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Release details

UK release:

1958

Duration:

79 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Robert Day

Cast:

Tim Turner, Anthony Dawson, Vera Day, Jean Kent, Elizabeth Allan, Boris Karloff, Diane Aubrey

Music:

Buxton Orr

Art Director:

John Elphick

Editor:

Peter Mayhew

Cinematography:

Lionel Banes

Screenwriter:

John C Cooper, Jan Read

Producer:

John Croydon

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