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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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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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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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Fine Hammer suspense
23 April 2002 | by (Overland Park, KS) – See all my reviews

This is another of the underrated and seldom seen suspense films that Hammer put out in the late 1950's, early 60's. It has sort of a Columbo flavor to it as we see the sinister Van Eyck very creatively murdering his wife in the opening scenes and spending the rest of the film attempting to convince a suspicious niece that he is innocent. It is a very atmospheric black and white film, a media which should be taken advantage of more even today as a tool to establish mood. Van Eyck is superb as the villain and the supporting cast is first rate. The Snorkel is not really a classic but is solid and holds up fairly well after almost half a century. Catch this one on cable or video when you can, you won't be disappointed.


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