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The City of Chicago is gripped by an Axe Murderer. The streets are empty at night as there has been six murders and six people have been caught, but they are lunatics. Only one person has lived to tell about it and that was Edwina, who is as dumb as a brick. If it were not for Oliver, she would be number seven. When there is a second attempt on Edwina, Oliver figures that the crimes are not random and that someone is hypnotizing these people to do his bidding, but the police and Edwina are skeptical. Written by
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This film had its first television showings in Los Angeles Thursday 13 December 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by New York City Monday 17 December 1956 on WCBS (Channel 2) and Philadelphia Wednesday 20 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it was first telecast in San Francisco 8 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »
For years this film used turn up often on television, but always at around three in the morning on "The Late Late Show." I only saw it for the first time recently on video. To my surprise, this film was an enjoyable light comedy thriller. Lew Ayres is delightful as the actor who teams up with show girl Day to solve a series of axe murders. The scene where Ayres feigns insanity to get into the files at a mental hospital is price-less. Basil Rathbone is in top form as the shady doctor who orchestrates the murders. Its odd that this film being an MGM production with a good cast is almost never mentioned in books on horror films, while minor poverty row horrors from the same period have had gallons of ink written about them.
The film did end with a few loose ends. Why does Rathbone choose an axe as the weapon for his subjects to kill his victims? Also, it is never made clear as to how he is able to control his subjects. Does he use hypnosis? Telepathy?
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