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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Leo Kroll
David McLean ...
Lt. Frank Benson
Diane Sayer ...
Barbara Wells
Davey Davison ...
Tally Raymond
Baynes Barron ...
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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Storyline

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Released nearly 3 months after the real Boston Strangler claimed his final victim. 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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Reasonably entertaining
16 May 2015 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

While "The Strangler" may have been very hard-hitting when it first came out, especially with The Boston Strangler case still fresh in moviegoers' minds, it has lost some of its power over the years. The unfolding of the story and many story elements will seem very familiar to viewers nowadays, who have seen the same basic story many times on television shows. Also, the tone and pace of the movie will seem a little dry and slow to many modern day viewers. Though personally I did find the low key feeling somewhat refreshing after seeing many times before watching this film this basic story extremely hyped up. Another aspect of the movie I liked, one that makes the movie worth a look, is Victor Buono's performance. He makes for an interesting villain, coming across as believably creepy, though at other times almost sympathetic. If you are prepared for watching a very familiar story, the movie does end up being a fairly compelling example of the serial killer genre.


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