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The Snorkel (1958)

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Although the police have termed her mother's death a suicide, a teenage girl believes her step-father murdered her.

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Cast overview:
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Paul Decker (as Peter Van Eyck)
Betta St. John ...
Jean Edwards
Mandy Miller ...
Candy Brown
Grégoire Aslan ...
The Inspector (as Gregoire Aslan)
William Franklyn ...
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Marie Burke ...
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Henri Vidon ...
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Paul Decker murders his wife in her Italian villa by drugging her milk and asphyxiating her by gas. He cleverly locks the bedroom from the inside and hides inside a trapdoor in the floor until after the body is discovered by servants. He uses a scuba snorkel connected to tubes on the outside to breathe during the ordeal. Decker's stepdaughter Candy suspects him immediately, especially since no suicide note was found. She also is convinced that he murdered her father years before, but her accusations fall on deaf ears. The ruthless Decker even poisons the family spaniel when the pet takes too great an interest in the mask and realizes he will ultimately have to get rid of Candy too. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Teenage Girl Vs. ... Killer-With-A-Gimmick!


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22 July 1958 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

De masker van Satan  »

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The main gimmick of the movie - the murderer using a snorkel mask to breathe through long hoses feeding from outdoor connections - is, alas, balderdash. Those hoses are so long it would take someone with the lung capacity of a whale to draw fresh air through the long, long tubes. See more »

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Candy Brown: Jean, is suicide a mortal sin?
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References The Silent World (1956) See more »

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The Trapdoor.
21 November 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Guy Green directed this mystery/suspense tale that stars Mandy Miller as Candy Brown, a young woman living in Italy at her stepfather's villa, whom she suspects of murdering her mother and father in an effort to inherit the family wealth, but she doesn't know how, and can't convince either her other relatives or the authorities. Of course, she is right, as the stepfather(Paul Decker, played by Peter van Eyck) has built a trap door in the bedroom where he can conceal himself, and uses a snorkel and a series of tubes to breathe in air. He needed this because he killed her with gas, and is now planning on doing away with Candy. Clever film builds interest in its characters and premise(with an unknown cast) that lead to a most effective, and ironic twist ending.


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