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The Strangler (1941)

East of Piccadilly (original title)
Approved | | Mystery | 3 April 1942 (USA)
The homicidal maniac,who is strangling young women in London's West Side, is being sought by both Scotland Yard and a young reporter/writer, Penny Sutton. She had found one of the murder ... See full summary »

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The homicidal maniac,who is strangling young women in London's West Side, is being sought by both Scotland Yard and a young reporter/writer, Penny Sutton. She had found one of the murder victims and had set out to get the story for both her newspaper, and for the thriller yarns she writes. The trail leads to an eccentric millionaire living under an assumed name. Penny uncovers enough evidence to convict the man, but a new clue turns up in time to save him and unmask the real killer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This is one of about three dozen British films picked up by CBS in 1949 for television presentation in New York City on WCBS (Channel 2). As part of this series, its initial telecast took place Saturday 1 October 1949. Previously, it had been shown both theatrically in the USA, re-edited and re-titled as The Strangler, and distributed by PRC; as such, it was telecast 20 May 1946 on WNBT (Channel 4). See more »

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Tamsie Green: Under the lights of Piccadilly!
Penny Sutton: Look at them. They're more than just lights. They're a promise that everything's alright with the world.
Tamsie Green: The 'all's-well' signal. If they ever went out, we'd have something to cry about!
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The Bees' Wedding
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Formidable Lady
20 August 2017 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

If I have my time line right, when John Maxwell died in 1940, his widow sold a chunk of shares in British International Pictures to Warner Brothers. Since BIP owned British Pathe for distribution and more than 500 theaters of their own, they had an integrated company. However, during the Second World War, the British government took over the studio at Elstree, production was limited to programmers and B pictures at the Wellwyn Studio; American distribution was handled by PRC. After the War, A production was resumed and a distribution deal cut with Warners in the US.

That might explain the gloss on this movie. Judy Campbell is a crime reporter, being courted by crime novelist Sebastian Shaw. She is investigating a serial Killer, "The Strangler", and it takes her about half the picture to solve the mystery, with only occasional rescuing by Mr. Shaw. Although it lacks the snappy patter and dumb coppers, it reminds me of Warners' Torchy Blaine series with Glenda Farrell. Miss Shaw is a competent woman and, despite the surprise ending that pops up for no clear reason except to fill the movie out to 75 minutes, this is an appealing piece of work.

Miss Shaw would continue with such work. In 1948, she would write the script and star in a BBC version of Jane Austen's EMMA. She would continue to play formidable women in prestige TV through the remainder of career, with a turn in THE FORSYTHE SAGA in 2002.


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