The real-life story of Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen, who was hanged in London in 1910 for poisoning his wife so he could be with his young lover. But was he truly guilty of murder?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Coral Browne ...
R.D. Muir (as Sir Donald Wolfit)
Captain McKenzie
John Arnatt ...
Paul Carpenter ...
Bruce Martin
Oliver Johnston ...
Lord Chief Justice
John Lee ...
Harry Fawcett
Olga Lindo ...
Mrs. Clara Arditti
Mrs. Jackson
Mr. Tobin
Edward Underdown ...
The Prison Governor
Douglas Bradley-Smith ...
Hamilton Dyce ...
Dr. Rogers


A dramatization of Britain's notorious Crippen murder case. American-born Hawley Harvey Crippen (nicknamed "Peter"), a mild-mannered, middle-aged doctor who made his living in London selling quack remedies, was convicted and hanged in 1910 for poisoning his wife, Belle, dismembering her body and burying the remains in the coal cellar of their home before fleeing England with his mistress, Ethel Le Neve, only to be arrested aboard ship while en route to North America. The movie opens with the start of Crippen's trial in the Old Bailey; flashbacks provide a look at the misery of Crippen's marriage to the overbearing Belle, a failed music-hall performer with an eye for younger men, and how Crippen found true love in the person of his young secretary, until events reached their dreadful climax. That Crippen caused his wife's death, there is little doubt, but this movie wonders: Was it a deliberate act? Written by Eugene Kim <>

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3 June 1966 (Finland)  »

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Music by Ken Jones
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was he guilty
17 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Despite the overwhelming evidence supporting the murder of Mrs. Crippen there has to be a question of intent. Whilst the film gives what seemingly is an accurate portrayal of the crime it seems to be biased towards the like of Filson Young who perceived Mrs Crippen as a wanton woman. The portrayal of the state of the house is accurate according to the reports in the papers though the over acting by the captain of the montrose and the failure of pleasance to grow a beard whilst evading the long arm of the law indicates poetic licence. Anyone who hasn't studied the background to the case will find it an OK watch but there are too many inaccuracies to the academics!

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