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20 May 1966 (USA) See more »
Don't cross the path of the psychopath, unless your tired of it all. See more »
Four men who were involved in the investigation of a German millionaire at the end of the Second World War are found murdered with tiny dolls left next to their corpses. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Patrick Wymark ... Inspector Holloway

Margaret Johnston ... Mrs. Von Sturm

John Standing ... Mark Von Sturm

Alexander Knox ... Frank Saville

Judy Huxtable ... Louise Saville
Don Borisenko ... Donald Loftis
Thorley Walters ... Martin Roth
Robert Crewdson ... Victor Ledoux

Colin Gordon ... Dr. Glyn
Tim Barrett ... Morgan
Frank Forsyth ... Tucker
Olive Gregg ... Mary
Harold Lang ... Briggs
Gina Gianelli ... Gina

Peter Diamond ... Junk Yard Man
John Harvey ... Reinhardt Klermer
Greta Farrer ... Cigarette Girl

Directed by
Freddie Francis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Bloch 

Produced by
Max Rosenberg .... producer
Milton Subotsky .... producer
Original Music by
Elisabeth Lutyens 
Cinematography by
John Wilcox 
Film Editing by
Oswald Hafenrichter 
Art Direction by
Bill Constable 
Set Decoration by
Scott Slimon 
Makeup Department
Jill Carpenter .... makeup artist
Henry Montsash .... hair stylist
Production Management
Ted Wallis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Price .... assistant director
Art Department
Bill Waldron .... construction manager
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Janet Davidson .... sound editor
Baron Mason .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Ted Samuels .... special effects
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Ray Jones .... camera grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Gibson .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Philip Martell .... conductor (as Phillip Martell)
Philip Martell .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Irene Blair Hickman .... dolls
Kay Mander .... continuity
Sam Suliman .... title designer
Crew believed to be complete

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82 min
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The final film role of Harold LangSee more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The players in the string ensemble are not moving their fingers along with the music. Much of the time, their fingers are not moving at all on the necks of the instruments.See more »
Louise Saville:Oh, Dr. Glyn, this is Donald Loftis.
Dr. Glyn:Pleased to meet you.
Louise Saville:Donald's a medical student...
Dr. Glyn:Oh, yes. Hmm... Well, after twenty years as a physician, may I offer you some advice?
Donald Loftis:Yes, please do!
Dr. Glyn:Take up plumbing.
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
horror/thriller in the Psycho mode, 16 January 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Freddie Francis directed The Psychopath, a 1966 horror/thriller. The stars are Patrick Wymark, Margaret Johnson, Alexander Knox, and Judy Huxtable.

Inspector Holloway (Wymark) investigates murders by what appears to be a serial killer, who leaves a lookalike of the victim in the form of a doll next to each body. Four men are killed, none in the same way. These men play in a string quartet but actually knew one another in the war.

The dolls are traced to Mrs. Von Sturm (Johnson) who lives with her son in a house that has dolls everywhere. She considers them human, and talks to them. The men killed were in fact part of a committee that discredited Mrs. Von Sturm's husband during the war, so she seems a likely suspect. However, Mrs. Von Sturm, though she seems bonkers, is confined to a wheelchair. Holloway's interest turns to the fiancée of Louise (Huxtable), who is the daughter of one of the men (Knox) who was murdered.

This is pretty good - some people reviewing on this site saw the film as children, and I can see where it would have left a major impression on them. It is a derivative story, very strange, and Francis has a good atmosphere going, if the pace at times is a little slow. If you like this kind of film, you will like seeing this one.

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