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The Crimes of Stephen Hawke (1936)

A crazed killer known as "The Spinebreaker" is terrorizing London with a series of grisly murders. The police seem powerless to stop him.



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Credited cast:
Tod Slaughter ...
Marjorie Taylor ...
D.J. Williams ...
Graham Soutten ...
Nathaniel (as Ben Soutten)
Gerald Barry ...
George M. Slater ...
Charles Penrose ...
Norman Pierce ...
Flotsam and Jetsam ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
B.C. Hilliam ...
Himself (as Flotsam)
Malcolm 'Mr. Jetsam' McEachern ...
Himself (as Jetsam)


The film begins in a BBC studio with the 100th edition of "In Town Tonight". Flotsam and Jetsom open with a "topical number". Then there is an interview with a distinguished actor, which dissolves into a performance of one of his famous melodramas about a wicked moneylender etc. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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May 1936 (UK)  »

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A Brief History of Spine
26 February 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"Stephen Hawke is a moneylender whose compassion for his clients is only outshined by his devotion to his lovely daughter. What she and the rest of the public don't know is that Stephen Hawke is leading a double life. At night, he becomes 'The Spine Breaker', a notorious killer with the habit of viciously killing his victims in the most horrible ways imaginable," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis. Silly movie, enriched as much as possible by two under-appreciated British stars - murderous Tod Slaughter (as Stephen Hawke) and Shakespearian Eric Portman (as Matthew Trimble) - both deserving better productions.

**** The Crimes of Stephen Hawke (1936) George King ~ Tod Slaughter, Eric Portman, Marjorie Taylor

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