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The Haunted Strangler (1958)
"Grip of the Strangler" (original title)

 -  Crime | Mystery | Horror  -  3 July 1958 (USA)
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A researcher investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler.

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James Rankin
Jean Kent ...
Cora Seth
Elizabeth Allan ...
Barbara Rankin
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Supt. Burk
Vera Day ...
Pearl
Tim Turner ...
Dr. Kenneth McColl
Diane Aubrey ...
Lily Rankin
Max Brimmell ...
Newgate Prison Turnkey
Leslie Perrins ...
Newgate Prison Governor
Jessica Cairns ...
Asylum Maid
Dorothy Gordon ...
Hannah
Desmond Roberts ...
Dr. Johnson
Roy Russell ...
Medical Superintendent
Derek Birch ...
Guyse Hospital Superintendent
Peggy Ann Clifford ...
Kate
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Storyline

A writer investigating the execution of a serial killer known as "The Haymarket Strangler" 20 years previously begins to suspect that the wrong man might have been hanged. However, when he picks up a scalpel used by the murderer, he finds himself possessed by the killer's spirit and begins committing similar murders. Written by Anonymous

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Their wild beauty marked them for death by . . . The Haunted Strangler See more »

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Crime | Mystery | Horror

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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3 July 1958 (USA)  »

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£70,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

John Croydon wrote this film and First Man Into Space (1959) back-to-back. See more »

Goofs

One scene shows an evidence box from the Jack the Ripper case but the Haymarket Strangler that starts the movie took place in 1860 and the rest of the movie is 20 years later(1880). The Ripper killings were in 1888, 8 years after the movie takes place. See more »

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James Rankin: You mean he killed while in some sort of trance?
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Featured in Son of Svengoolie: The Haunted Strangler (1958) (1980) See more »

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Strangler in the night
21 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

This film bears the appropriate scars of the time :it begins with the obligatory prologue in the past which is perhaps the best scene: a man is hanged ,and people gather around the scaffold for the show.Later ,Rankin (Boris Karloff) is convinced that they hanged the wrong man and his hard task is to clear his name and to find the real culprit.Of course things will soon turn wrong.

This is actually Stevenson's "Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde" revised and updated.The split personality has been used too many times to be really absorbing.The only relatively endearing character is the wife who has always known but...


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