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The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (original title)
A Fleet Street barber recounts the story of Sweeney Todd, a notorious barber who in the last century murdered many customers for their money.

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Complete credited cast:
Tod Slaughter ... Sweeney Todd
Stella Rho ... Mrs. Lovatt
John Singer ... Tobias (as Johnny Singer)
Eve Lister ... Johanna
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D.J. Williams ... Stephen Oakley
Davina Craig ... Nan
Jerry Verno ... Pearley
Graham Soutten ... Beadle (as Ben Souten)
Billy Holland ... Mr. Parsons
Norman Pierce ... Mr. Findlay
Aubrey Mallalieu ... Trader Paterson
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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

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Demon Killer of the Slums  »

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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 »

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The "stone" steps in Sweeney Todd's cellar make very hollow, wooden-sounding noises when walked upon. See more »

Quotes

Sweeney Todd: May I polish you off sir?
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A Dark and Macabre Tale of Greedy
3 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

In the Nineteenth Century, in London, the barber Sweeney Todd (Tod Slaughter) 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 (Stella Rho) and owner of a bakery below is barbershop gets rid off the bodies. Sweeney uses his fortune to help the fleet owner Stephen Oakley (D.J. Williams) with the intention to force his daughter Joanna (Eve Lister) to marry him. However, the beloved Joanna's boyfriend Mark Ingerstreet (Bruce Seton) 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.

The original "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is a dark and macabre tale of greedy. It is funny to see only insinuation of cannibalism and that Mrs. Lovatt is the lover of Sweeney Todd. Pearly questioning how Sweeney Todd gets rid off the bodies of his victims while eating one of Mrs. Lovatt's pies is hilarious. Tod Slaughter performs a great villain, but the conclusion with Sweeney returning to the barbershop on fire to be defeated by Mark is weak. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Diabólico Barbeiro de Londres" ("The Diabolic Barber of London")


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