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The Haunted Strangler (1958) More at IMDbPro »Grip of the Strangler (original title)

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The Haunted Strangler -- 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...
The Haunted Strangler -- Nineteenth-century English author James Rankin (Boris Karloff) believes that the wrong man was hanged twenty years earlier for a series of murders, but his investigations lead him to a horrible and, for him, gruesomely inescapable secret.

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Their wild beauty marked them for death by . . . The Haunted Strangler See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Boris Karloff ... James Rankin
Jean Kent ... Cora Seth
Elizabeth Allan ... Barbara Rankin

Anthony Dawson ... 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
John Fabian ... Young Blood
Joan Elvin ... Can-Can Girl
Audrey Sykes ... Laughing Lady at Hanging
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Atkinson ... Edward Styles (uncredited)
Harry Brunning ... Prison Chaplain (uncredited)
Yvonne Buckingham ... Whore (uncredited)
Jimmy Charters ... Spectator at Hanging (uncredited)
Robert Day ... Asylum Van Driver (uncredited)
Marie Devereux ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tex Fuller ... Guard with Whip (uncredited)
Arthur Hall ... Newgate Governor at Hanging (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Judas Hole Patron Constable (uncredited)
John G. Heller ... Asylum Attendant (uncredited)
George Hirste ... Lost Property Man (uncredited)
Anthony Lang ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Arthur Mason ... Asylum Attendant (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ... Asylum Attendant (uncredited)
Peter Perkins ... Asylum Attendant (uncredited)
Leonard Sharp ... George - Judas Hole Waiter (uncredited)
George Spence ... Hangman (uncredited)
Brian Sunners ... Paper Hawker (uncredited)
Jeremy Young ... Judas Hole Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Day 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Croydon  (as John C. Cooper)
Jan Read  screenplay
Jan Read  story "Stranglehold"

Produced by
John Croydon .... producer
Richard Gordon .... executive producer (uncredited)
Charles F. Vetter .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Buxton Orr 
 
Cinematography by
Lionel Banes (lighting cameraman)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Mayhew 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Barnard .... hair stylist
Jim Hydes .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ronald Kinnoch .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Hickox .... assistant director
 
Art Department
John Elphick .... set designer
 
Sound Department
H.C. Pearson .... sound
Terry Poulton .... dubbing editor
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Leo Rogers .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Duse .... dress supervisor
 
Music Department
Frederick Lewis .... conductor (as Frederic Lewis)
 
Other crew
Hazel Swift .... continuity
 

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Also Known As:
"Grip of the Strangler" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:78 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia:
John Croydon wrote this film and First Man Into Space (1959) back-to-back.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
James Rankin:I'm sorry, Barbara, but a man must do the work in which he believes!See more »

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Okay late Karloff can be a bit dull, 26 August 2007
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

Boris Karloff is a crusading novelist trying to change the British legal system by looking into the Haymarket Strangler case. Boris is convinced the man hung for the crime didn't do it. Of course his investigation turns up proof that he was right, and that he himself was the killer. Well made and well acted little thriller is on okay film to have on in the background. Recently released by Criterion as part of a 4 film set its an okay time killer best watched late at night. To be certain Karloff is wonderful to watch, especially in the scene where he finds the important piece of evidence which proves him right and also slides him into madness. However the mover isn't anything special and can be a bit dull (too much music). (The criterion commentary is excellent and the real reason to pick this up)

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