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The Strangler (1964)

Unrated | | Horror | 1 April 1964 (USA)
An overweight lab technician with low self esteem, brought on by his dominant mother, becomes a serial killer of female nurses.

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Lt. Frank Benson
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Barbara Wells
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Tally Raymond
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Sgt. Mack Clyde
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Mrs. Kroll
Michael Ryan ...
Detective Mel Posner
Russ Bender ...
Dr. Clarence Sanford
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Clara Thomas, the Nurse
Wally Campo ...
Eggerton
Mimi Dillard ...
Thelma
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Dr. Morton
John Yates ...
Intern
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Police Sketch Artist
Robert Cranford ...
Jack Rosten
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Leo Kroll, a lab technician in a large unnamed city, is responsible for the strangulation murders of several young nurses. He feels that in some twisted way, that he is getting back at his overbearing shrew of a mother. Leo also kills the nurse who is taking care of his mother in the rest home she is staying at. As a result, Mrs. Kroll dies from a heart attack. He also kills an arcade worker whom he feels can identify him. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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1 April 1964 (USA)  »

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The Boston Strangler  »

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Trivia

According to director Burt Topper, Victor Buono puffed smoke into his eyes to create tears for a particular scene. See more »

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When the police are on the way to the first murder shown in the movie, they are driving in a 1950s boxy sedan. However, when the police arrive, they are in an early-1960s era sedan. See more »

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In the main opening titles, actor Michael Ryan has the middle initial "M" in his billing, but it is not in the full cast list in the end credits. See more »

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Boy,That Victor Buono can really squeeze a neck.
3 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

The Strangler is an excellent film of its genre.Victor Buono gives an excellent performance as the disturbed lab technician who hates women because of his over possesive,critical and domineering mother.Jeannie Bates who played his mothers nurse would have been better off letting the miserable old bat die than trying to keep her alive.IF ONLY SHE KNEW.Buonos acting was superb,he could act calm and mild mannered at one point and seem like a total nutburger at another.You have to say one thing about Buono,he really put his whole heart and soul into his little hobby of killing.This man would have done "The Boston Strangler" proud. This movie makes "Frenzy" look like "Little Women" The word strangle deserves a definite place in history thanks to buono who gives new meaning to the word.


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