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May 1936 (UK) See more »
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A crazed killer known as "The Spinebreaker" is terrorizing London with a series of grisly murders. The police seem powerless to stop him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Tod Slaughter ... Stephen Hawke
Marjorie Taylor ... Julia Hawke
D.J. Williams ... Joshua Trimble
Eric Portman ... Matthew Trimble
Graham Soutten ... Nathaniel (as Ben Soutten)
Gerald Barry ... Miles Archer
George M. Slater ... Lord Brickhaven
Charles Penrose ... Sir Franklin
Norman Pierce ... Landlord
Flotsam and Jetsam ... Themselves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cecil Bevan ... Small Boys' Father (uncredited)
Annie Esmond ... Small Boys' Nanny (uncredited)
Harry Terry ... 1st Prisoner In Cell (uncredited)
Ben Williams ... Prison Warder (uncredited)
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Directed by
George King 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jack Celestin 
Frederick Hayward  screenplay
H.F. Maltby 
Tod Slaughter  opening (uncredited)
Paul White 

Produced by
George King .... producer
 
Original Music by
Colin Wark 
 
Cinematography by
Ronald Neame 
 
Film Editing by
John Seabourne Sr. 
 
Art Direction by
Philip Bawcombe 
 
Production Management
Harold Richmond .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald Kinnoch .... assistant director
Michael Worth .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John K. Byers .... sound recordist
 
Other crew
Olga Brook .... continuity
 

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USA:69 min
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Getting to grips with greed, 24 June 2012
Author: Chris. from Australia

Meandering tale of meek money lender Steven Hawke (Slaughter) who moonlights as a callous killer nicknamed "The Spine Breaker" for his bone crushing exploits. When his alter ego is exposed, he's forced to flee London, pursued by a relentless hunter but must make a daring return after hearing news that his daughter has been coerced into marrying a blackmailing prison warden.

Great comical thrills with the inimitable Tod Slaughter delivering his trademark psychopath with pompous relish. Eric Portman is the principal adversary and preferred suitor to the twisted killer's beloved daughter (Taylor), demonstrating the thespian skills for which he became better known throughout the next three decades.

If you're unaccustomed to the Tod Slaughter experience, then this I'd regard to be one of the better samples to gain a taste of the stage-borne flavour with which he interprets his twisted characterisations. The dialogue is poetic, loaded with double-entendres, witty quips and of course, hopelessly clichéd plot. Despite the low budget, it works like a charm, such is Slaughter's unique charisma and presence.

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