This movie is a recorded performance in concert. It all begins when Benjamin Barker( George Hearn), a mysterious,quiet,and subtle barber, returns to his hometown in London after escaping ... See full summary »
Neil Patrick Harris
The fictional tale of the murderous nineteenth century barber (Sir Ben Kinglsey) who sold his kills to a neighboring butcher (Joanna Lumley) for her renowned meat pies. A young innocent (... See full summary »
In the Nineteenth Century, in London, the barber Sweeney Todd invites lonely and wealthy costumers in the port to his barbershop on the nearby Fleet Street and murders them to take their money, while his associate Mrs. Lovatt and owner of a bakery below is barbershop gets rid off the bodies. Sweeney uses his fortune to help the fleet owner Stephen Oakley with the intention to force his daughter Joanna to marry him. However, the beloved Joanna's boyfriend Mark Ingerstreet returns rich from his last voyage and Sweeney decides to kill him and steal his fortune in pearl, making Mrs. Lovatt jealous with the situation.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. Its earliest documented telecast occurred Saturday 25 November 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »
The "stone" steps in Sweeney Todd's cellar make very hollow, wooden-sounding noises when walked upon. See more »
A Fleet Street barber recounts the story of Sweeney Todd (Tod Slaughter), a notorious barber who in the last century murdered many customers for their money.
Slaughter (1885–1956) was so great at playing maniacs, he was the right choice for this role. While many, many Sweeney Todds have come and gone, and some (such as Johnny Depp) are notable, Slaughter did it first and really set the stage for all future incarnations.
And Slaughter was best when working under director George King (1899–1966), as he was in this role. King, a former medical student, also had the distinction of introducing the world to Laurence Olivier! Unfortunately, most copies of this film are in the public domain and grainy. But maybe someone will come along and make a nice release... far too many of the 1930s and 1940s films have fallen into disarray. I am glad they are widely available, but being in such poor shape does them no favors.
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