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The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936)
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (original title)

 |  Drama, Horror  |  March 1936 (UK)
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A Fleet Street barber recounts the story of Sweeney Todd, a notorious barber who in the last century murdered many customers for their money.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tod Slaughter ...
Stella Rho ...
John Singer ...
Tobias (as Johnny Singer)
Eve Lister ...
Bruce Seton ...
D.J. Williams ...
Stephen Oakley
Davina Craig ...
Nan
Jerry Verno ...
Pearley
Graham Soutten ...
Beadle (as Ben Souten)
Billy Holland ...
Mr. Parsons
Norman Pierce ...
Mr. Findlay
Aubrey Mallalieu ...
Trader Paterson
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In the Nineteenth Century, in London, the barber Sweeney Todd invites lonely and wealthy costumers in the port to his barbershop on the nearby Fleet Street and murders them to take their money, while his associate Mrs. Lovatt and owner of a bakery below is barbershop gets rid off the bodies. Sweeney uses his fortune to help the fleet owner Stephen Oakley with the intention to force his daughter Joanna to marry him. However, the beloved Joanna's boyfriend Mark Ingerstreet returns rich from his last voyage and Sweeney decides to kill him and steal his fortune in pearl, making Mrs. Lovatt jealous with the situation. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Also Known As:

Demon Killer of the Slums  »

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The "stone" steps in Sweeney Todd's cellar make very hollow, wooden-sounding noises when walked upon. See more »

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Sweeney Todd: May I polish you off sir?
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Version of Sweeney Todd (1926) See more »

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Tasty treat from Old London
31 January 2000 | by (Evansville, IN) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film for the first time after searching for it for quite a while. I have long been a fan of the Sweeney Todd story, and this was far from disappointing. The cast is full of the delightful "woe is me" school of actors. Slaughter fits the bill from top to bottom as the grinning cackling Todd. A fine and campy performance. He takes the whole show with little competition. He is a delight to watch playing with his razors and skulking along in his patented style. The sets are atmospheric and effective given the budget, and despite the comic addition of the prologue and epilogue, this is a fine and enjoyable little film. Naturally I also highly recommend the musical, as well as versions of the play for good light reading. This origional 1936 is the definitive. Enjoy!


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