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The Ticket of Leave Man (1937)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  October 1937 (UK)
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A man is accused of a series of murders that were actually committed by a crazed killer called "The Tiger." He must prove his innocence and catch the murderer.



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Complete credited cast:
Tod Slaughter ...
The Tiger
John Warwick ...
Marjorie Taylor ...
Frank Cochran ...
Robert Adair ...
Peter Gawthorne ...
Jenny Lynn ...
Arthur West Payne ...
Sam Willoughby (as Arthur Payne)
Norman Pierce ...
Billy Bray ...


A man is accused of a series of murders that were actually committed by a crazed killer called "The Tiger." He must prove his innocence and catch the murderer.

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Another entertaining Tod Slaughter vehicle
18 April 2011 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

You've got to love Tod Slaughter. This hammy English actor has more or less been forgotten nowadays. He seems to be no more than a footnote of cinematic history. Yet I think this is a serious injustice, as every Tod Slaughter vehicle I have seen has never been anything less than entertaining. He specialized in playing cads in a series of Victorian melodramas. There weren't that many of them and Slaughter's cinematic career doesn't encompass all that many screen outings. He seemed to end up going back to the stage. His acting certainly would not have been out of place in the theatre, it's so hammy and over-the-top. But the leering villains he played were tremendously memorable, and Slaughter never seems to ever let you down. In this one, like all of them, he plays a middle-aged villain who lusts after a much younger woman, and nefariously sets a plan in motion where her fiancée is incarcerated, leaving Tod with seemingly easy access to the girl. This plot-line is extremely typical for his films. His character is a killer called the Tiger, who goes around London murdering people. He is aided by a stereotypical crooked Jewish moneylender. The innocent fellow they put in prison is the ticket of leave man of the title, i.e. a chap just out of jail looking for a break. Naturally, evil Tod has to deal with this chap when he comes back into society.

This is not the best Slaughter production. And like most of the others it's certainly no classic. But Tod is a very fun guy to watch and these melodramas he appeared in back in the 30's are still enjoyable to watch, unlike many other similar cheap productions from the time. This one is certainly formulaic, but it's acceptable when it's the unusual and unique attractions of Tod Slaughter that is the main draw.

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