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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)

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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Featured in Doom Asylum (1987)See more »
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An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314See more »

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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Spine-Tingling Fun, 21 November 2001

This time around Tod Slaughter plays Mr. Stephen Hawke, a limping, kind-hearted bespectacled money lender by day with a beautiful, faithful daughter and the friendship of a local shipping agent and son, and by night he is the "spine-breaker," cruelest of all killers as he kills the rich for their money and treasure in a serial-like fashion. As with any Slaughter film, Slaughter is the main focal point of the film. The film is barely over an hour in length, but it has much to offer in plot. We have Slaughter kill a spoiled rich kid, trick a man into bringing an emerald to his home, kill his friend, and run from the vengeance of his son. Throw in some lecherous guy that wants to force Hawke's daughter into marriage and a hunchback for extra measure. The rest of the actors are adequate(or less than so) but they do not detract at all from the presence of Slaughter on film. His build, his speech, his whole demeanor brings life to each and every scene he is in. Is he a great actor? No, but he sure can grab your attention and keep a "grip" on it. As with many other Slaughter films, George King directs in workman-like style if nothing else. The beginning is set up like a radio play with some "entertainers" doing some kind of real bad vocal act prior to Slaughter coming on talking about his "new" old melodrama. Good old-fashioned fun!

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