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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.

Director:

George King

Writers:

Frederick Hayward (by), H.F. Maltby (dialogue)
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Complete credited cast:
Tod Slaughter ... Sweeney Todd
Stella Rho Stella Rho ... Mrs. Lovatt
John Singer John Singer ... Tobias (as Johnny Singer)
Eve Lister Eve Lister ... Johanna
Bruce Seton ... Mark
D.J. Williams D.J. Williams ... Stephen Oakley
Davina Craig Davina Craig ... Nan
Jerry Verno Jerry Verno ... Pearley
Graham Soutten Graham Soutten ... Beadle (as Ben Souten)
Billy Holland Billy Holland ... Mr. Parsons
Norman Pierce Norman Pierce ... Mr. Findlay
Aubrey Mallalieu 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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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 »

Goofs

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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Not just of a different era, but of the theatre.
24 June 2001 | by HenryHextonEsqSee all my reviews

A real curio here, with a totally old-fashioned production and the wonderfully Dickensian Tod Slaughter performance merging well with the intrinsically macabre tale. The subject matter, whether shown or suggested, is sinister, and played as gallows humour by Slaughter. The rest of the cast is hardly particularly impressive, but fits well enough into the story, allowing Slaughter centre-stage most of the time, although there is a bizarre foreign interlude that is somewhat out-of-place.

I love the recurring wistful, whistleable tune - absurdly Romantic, yet very low calorie British too - over the opening credits; very melodic and all the more striking as, besides this refrain, there is little or no other incidental music. The photography, could, I suppose, have been more conducive to 'atmosphere', but what is that but an expectation we have about noirish cinema? This is pure theatrical melodrama. The production is indeed spare and minimal, and we're left largely to enjoy the ripping old story and a fine 'turn' from the star. There are very good lines, presumably tailored to Slaughter's stage performances in the role; he delivers them with Dickensian gusto, in a gloriously theatrical performance, which is the main, if not quite the only reason to view this oddball, watchable antique piece.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1936 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Visatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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