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The Strangler (1964)

 -  Horror  -  1 April 1964 (USA)
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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

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
Jeanne Bates ...
Clara Thomas, the Nurse
Wally Campo ...
Eggerton
Mimi Dillard ...
Thelma
Byron Morrow ...
Dr. Morton
John Yates ...
Intern
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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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Victor Buono as the Strangler is HERE! See more »

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1 April 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »

Goofs

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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I love Victor Buono

While this is not by any stretch of the imagination a good film, because of the slow pacing, the inane police sequences, and the thuddinmg obviousness of much of it. It still has it's imaginative stretc hes. For example, showing that the killer has an orgasm every time he kills is unusual and quitye ahead of the time. Several of the strangling scenes where suspensilly paced, but weakened by how quickly the victim usually died (it only takes him about 10 seconds to strangle each woman with a silk stocking!) and also weakened by having every woman changer into her underwear before she gets killed. Basically much of this is saved by Victor Buono's performance which is not his best, is still quite menacing and one of the more realistic serial killers on film. His exaggerated false smiles of respectability brought to mind similiar ones I had seen on the faces of John Wayne Gacy. And the scene where he trashes the apart ment the hole time his mouth workingh inadvertenly was magnificent.


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