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James Eastwood (screenplay)
Gerald Savory (novel)
Release Date:
March 1960 (UK) See more »
A psychopathic killer murders three girls before police catch him. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Patrick Barr ... Superintendent Allen
Howard Pays ... Charles Ramskill
Terence Knapp ... Hughie
Ruth Dunning ... Auntie B
Anna Turner ... Lily Willis
Christopher Trace ... Sergeant Grey
Margaret St. Barbe West ... Mrs. Willis (as Margaret St. Barbe-West)
Yvonne Buckingham ... Gwen
Laura Thurlow ... Jenny
Kenneth Midwood ... Sergeant Brigs (as Ken Midwood)
Wilfrid Brambell ... Mr. Forsythe
Brian O'Higgins ... Curly Latham
Rita Webb ... Charwoman
Maggie Rennie ... Alice (as Margaret McGrath)
David Lander ... Harris
David Browning ... Uniformed Inspector

Directed by
Vernon Sewell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Eastwood  screenplay
Charles Freeman  play "Hand in Glove"
Gerald Savory  novel "Hughie Roddis"
Gerald Savory  play "Hand in Glove"
Edgar Wallace  uncredited

Produced by
Jack Greenwood .... producer
Jim O'Connolly .... associate producer
Cinematography by
John Wiles (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Geoffrey Muller 
Casting by
Ronnie Curtis  (as Ronald Curtis)
Art Direction by
Bill Holmes 
Makeup Department
Jack Craig .... make-up
Merwyn Medalie .... hairdresser (as Mervyn Medalie)
Production Management
Bill Shore .... production manager
Sound Department
Ronald Abbott .... sound recordist
Derek Holding .... sound editor
Sidney Rider .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Alf Hicks .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dulcie Midwinter .... wardrobe
Other crew
Marjorie Owens .... continuity

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59 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Rather obvious murder mystery, 5 July 2009
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

Presented in some countries as an Edgar Wallace Mystery, this tale rarely rises above the ordinary and obvious. In a boarding house run by mumsy Auntie B we find her nephew Hughie, a 'mental case', and a smooth suited chap, as well as a former teacher (Wilfred Brambell, pre Steptoe.

Someone is murdering young girls: of course, Hughie is suspected because he collects broken glass and the victims are usually slashed - but is he really responsible? The solution is obvious early on so there's no real suspense. Still it is watchable, if not essential.

Performances are generally OK; stalwarts like Patrick Barr as chief copper appear - and the story attempts to put a little grit into the situation. But the heart isn't really in it, and this film feels resolutely middle-class.

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