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Homicidal -- A woman with a dark and terrifying secret kills a justice of the peace, and it is up to the police to figure out not only who did it, but figure out why.


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Release Date:
June 1961 (USA) See more »
SPECIAL "FRIGHT BREAK" * There will be a special FRIGHT BREAK during the showing of "Homicidal." Can your heart stand the challenge when the clock starts the COUNTDOWN? See more »
The brutal stabbing murder of a justice-of-the-peace sparks an investigation of dark family secrets in a sleepy small town in Southern California. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Glenn Corbett ... Karl Anderson

Patricia Breslin ... Miriam Webster
Eugenie Leontovich ... Helga Swenson
Alan Bunce ... Doctor Jonas
Richard Rust ... Jim Nesbitt
James Westerfield ... Alfred S. Adrims
Gilbert Green ... Lt. Miller

Joan Marshall ... Emily (as Jean Arless)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wolfe Barzell ... Olie (uncredited)
Teri Brooks ... Mrs. Forest (uncredited)

William Castle ... Himself (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ... Second Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Ralph Moody ... First Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Eddie - the Bellhop (uncredited)

Hope Summers ... Mrs. Martha Adrims (uncredited)

Directed by
William Castle 
Writing credits
Robb White (written by)

Produced by
William Castle .... producer
Dona Holloway .... associate producer
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey 
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant  (as Edwin Bryant)
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Shenberg .... assistant director
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
Music Department
Hugo Friedhofer .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-15 (2005) | Germany:12 (re-rating) | UK:12 (1996) | UK:X (1961) (cut) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18
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The premiere was held at the Palace Theatre in Youngstown, Ohio with producer William Castle in attendance.See more »
Continuity: When the justice of the peace asks for the money for the marriage certificate, Emily hands it to him twice.See more »
Emily:If you do not leave this house in the next minute, I will kill you!See more »
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
William Castle thriller; "Psycho" on a low-budget..., 14 May 2006
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

William Castle-directed shocker involves a murderous nurse and her 'husband' complicating an inheritance matter. Jean Arless has the flashy leading role, but in the end it's just a gimmick and she's not quite up to the stunt (to her credit, nobody in the cast comes out looking particularly good, as Castle's direction and Robb White's script are equally unsure). The film was photographed by the highly-adept Burnett Guffey, but only the outdoor scenes have a competent appearance; the interiors are over-lit, with heavy shadows, mundane art direction and design (with a staircase only Norman Bates might be happy to own). The film is full of amusingly square attempts at hysteria, but this script is over-complicated and the pacing dawdles. The plot doesn't bear close scrutiny--with a tag at the finish that seems like an apology. Still, you gotta love that "fright break"! ** from ****

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