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Wanted for Murder (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 2 November 1946 (USA)
The son of a Victorian hangman is driven insane by thoughts of his father's profession. The young man emulates his father by strangling young women. He then meets and falls in love with a ... See full summary »

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(stage play), (stage play) (as Terence De Marney) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

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Derek Farr ...
Roland Culver ...
Chief Insp. Conway
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Sgt. Sullivan
Barbara Everest ...
Mrs. Colebrooke
Bonar Colleano ...
Cpl. Nick Mappolo
Jenny Laird ...
Jeannie McLaren
Kathleen Harrison ...
Florrie
Bill Shine ...
Det. Ellis
Viola Lyel ...
Mabel Cooper
John Salew ...
Det. Walters
John Ruddock ...
Glover
Edna Wood ...
Miss Kemp
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Boat Rental Agent
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The son of a Victorian hangman is driven insane by thoughts of his father's profession. The young man emulates his father by strangling young women. He then meets and falls in love with a woman but can he suppress his urge to kill her ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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2 November 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Voice in the Night  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 28 January 1954 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Sunday 15 August 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2). In San Francisco it made its television debut Friday 10 June 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »

Goofs

After a handkerchief is discovered near a murder victim, an inspector from Scotland Yard tries to track down the owner via the laundry mark on it. The next scene shows a commercial laundryman carrying a wicker laundry basket into a home. Outside the home, the laundry basket bears the number "T 31". Upon entering the home the laundry basket bears the number "T 14". See more »

Soundtracks

A Voice in the Night
Lyrics by Mischa Spoliansky
Music by Mischa Spoliansky (uncredited)
Sung by Elizabeth Webb
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Murderer loose in postwar London in the 40's
30 October 2002 | by (Peoria, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Erudite British effort where the strangler comes off as quite civilized. He's quite the gentleman, really, just has this problem with his hands.

Really enjoyed Stanley Holloway as the #2-cop on the case. Stanley doesn't break into song but he does provide some comedic relief--subtle stuff, no slapstick.

You can't help but be fascinated by the many views of London that are pictured (immediately after the war). The buses, street scenes, and various landmarks shown on film tell a story of their own. How times have changed--the record shop scene is a far cry from the rocking London that would follow 20 years later.

This is well-written (Emeric Pressburger had a hand in that) story with characters that are decidely human, albeit in the English stiff-upper-lip school.


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