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The Brighton Strangler (1945)

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After suffering a head injury during the Blitz, an actor comes to believe himself to be the Brighton Strangler, the murderer he was playing onstage.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Loder ...
Reginald Parker / Edward Grey
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April Manby Carson
Michael St. Angel ...
Lt. Bob Carson
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Chief Inspector W.R. Allison
Rose Hobart ...
Dorothy Kent
Gilbert Emery ...
Dr. Manby
Rex Evans ...
Leslie Shelton
Matthew Boulton ...
Inspector Graham
Olaf Hytten ...
Banks - the valet
Lydia Bilbrook ...
Mrs. Manby
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Lord Mayor Herman Brandon R. Clive
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During WW II, one of the hits of the London stage is a play about a murderer who strangles his victims. The actor who plays the strangler identifies so strongly with his part that when he receives a blow to the head during a bombing raid, he believes that he actually is the strangler. Written by Anonymous

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14 September 1945 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

L'estrangulador de Brighton  »

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Overseas program #892. See more »

Goofs

The establishing shot is a stock picture of the British House of Parliament. Apparently no one noticed that it was printed backwards, as the building is on the wrong side of the Thames. See more »

Quotes

Reginald Parker: There'll be no New Year for you. You'll go out with the old one.
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References Room Service (1938) See more »

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Slow-moving murder mystery
10 September 2014 | by (California) – See all my reviews

John Loder plays an actor named Reginald Parker, who has been starring in a long-running London play, "The Brighton Strangler". After he receives a head injury in a Nazi air raid that destroys the theater, he wanders off and takes on the identity of the character he'd been playing, a serial strangler named Edward Gray, and proceeds to become the real "Brighton Straangler".

This is a very slow-moving piece, and Loder's performance is somewhat stiff and unmoving. The picture has a few small plot twists but otherwise it's fairly predictable. The beautiful June Duprez does a serviceable job as the wife of a young American Air Force officer who meets "Edward Gray", not realizing who he really is, and seems to be somewhat attracted to him, but nothing more is made of that. The ending is somewhat imaginative, but you still know what's going to happen.

For a murder mystery it really doesn't whip up much tension. It's pretty cut-and-dried, with not a whole lot to really recommend it. If you're a John Loder fan you'll probably like it, but if you're not, there's really not much of a reason to see it.


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