The Haunted Strangler

Grip of the Strangler

1958

Robert Day
Director
Amalgamated Productions
Production Company
MGM
Distributor

Novelist investigating the twenty-year old Haymarket Strangler case slowly comes to realize that he is the actual culprit.

The closest Karloff came to playing Jekyll and Hyde, and he is quite excellent. A surprisingly competent little film with notable streaks of misogyny and sado-masochism running through it. The real core is an indictment of both Victorian hypocrisy and the pat decisions of psychoanalysis. No one in the film, especially Dawson's police inspector (who is so dim he could give Lestrade a good race), Turner's psychobabble spouting assistant and Aubrey's idiot daughter, seems capable of believing Karloff is the murderer, even though he is clearly a raving lunatic. But he is a gentleman, and gentlemen don't do nasty things like strangle and slash to death women, do they?

And gas lighting is probably not a good idea for an asylum cell. Just saying.

-Dave W.


The Haunted Strangler
23rd May 1958
Cinema



81 mins
1.66:1

Grip of the Strangler
24th October 1958
Cinema



78 mins
1.66:1


21st July 1998
DVD




1.33:1



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Boris Karloff
James Rankin
Jean Kent
Cora Seth
Elizabeth Allan
Barbara Rankin
Anthony Dawson
Superintendent Burk
Vera Day
Pearl
Tim Turner
Dr. Kenneth McColl
Diane Aubrey
Lily Rankin
Max Brimmell
Newgate Prison Turnkey
Leslie Perrins
Newgate Prison Governor
Jessica Cairns
Asylum Maid
Dorothy Gordon
Hannah
Desmond Roberts
Dr. Johnson
Roy Russell
Medical Superintendent
Derek Birch
Guy's Hospital Superintendent
Peggy Ann Clifford
Kate
John Fabian
Young Blood
Joan Elvin
Head Can-Can Girl
Brian Sunners
Man Hawking Paper at Hanging
(uncredited)
George Spence
Hangman (uncredited)
Michael Atkinson
Edward Styles
(uncredited)
Jimmy Charters
Man at Hanging
(uncredited)
Unknown 8125-02
Man at Hanging
Unknown 8125-03
Woman at Hanging
Unknown 8125-04
Butcher at Hanging
Unknown 8125-05
Woman at Hanging
Audrey Sykes
Laughing Old Lady at Hanging
(uncredited)
Conchita Macaulay
Whore in Window at Hanging
(uncredited)
Unknown 8125-07
Man at Hanging
Arthur Hall
Newgate Governor at Hanging
(uncredited)
Harry Brunning
Prison Chaplain
(uncredited)
George Hirste
Lost Property Man
(uncredited)
Victor Harrington
Judas Hole Patron
Constable
(uncredited)
Jeremy Young
Judas Hole Waiter
(uncredited)
(miscredited on IMDb as Asylum Guard)
Tex Fuller
Guard with Whip
(uncredited)
Anthony Lang
Guard Taking Down Prisoner
(uncredited)
Unknown 8125-12
Whipped Prisoner
Leonard Sharp
George, Judas Hole Waiter
(uncredited)
Unknown 8125-15
Doctor with Johnson
(uncredited)
Robert Day
Asylum Van Driver (Director's Cameo)
(uncredited)
Arthur Mullard
Asylum Attendant
(uncredited)
John G. Heller
Asylum Attendant
(uncredited)
Arthur Mason
Asylum Attendant
(uncredited)
Peter Perkins
Asylum Attendant (Jack Billings)
(uncredited)
Unknown 8125-17
Police Constable
Unknown 8125-18
Police Constable
Yvonne Buckingham
Whore (uncredited)
Marie Devereux
Bit Part (uncredited)

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