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Strangler of the Swamp (1946)

A number of swamp land men have died by strangulation and the inhabitants believe that an innocent man they hanged is seeking revenge on all of the male descendants of those responsible for... See full summary »


Frank Wisbar


Frank Wisbar (original story by), Leo J. McCarthy (original story by) (as Leo McCarthy) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Rosemary La Planche ... Maria Hart
Robert Barrat ... Christian Sanders (as Robert Barratt)
Blake Edwards ... Christian 'Chris' Sanders Jr.
Charles Middleton ... Ferryman Douglas
Effie Laird Effie Laird ... Martina Sanders (as Effie Parnell)
Nolan Leary ... Pete Jeffers
Frank Conlan Frank Conlan ... Joseph Hart
Therese Lyon Therese Lyon ... Bertha
Virginia Farmer ... Anna Jeffers


A number of swamp land men have died by strangulation and the inhabitants believe that an innocent man they hanged is seeking revenge on all of the male descendants of those responsible for his death. Maria, granddaughter of the guilty ferryman, decides to operate the ferry service. Chris Sanders, a son of one of the men who did the hanging, and Maria fall in love. The "strangler" seizes Chris and Maria offers her life if Chris is spared. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He was hanged for a crime he didn't commit, and now he's the... [Strangler of the Swamp] See more »


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Release Date:

2 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Würger im Nebel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on the German film "Fahrmann Maria" ("Ferryman Maria") directed also by Frank Wisbar, one of the rare times that the same director helmed both the American and foreign language version of the same film. See more »


[first lines]
[Christian picks up a corpse lying on the bottom of Joseph's ferry]
Joseph Hart: Can I be of any more help?
Christian Sanders: No, thank you, Joseph.
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Referenced in Nightmare in Blood (1977) See more »

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Spooky sets, looming ghost.
9 January 2003 | by GroovyDoomSee all my reviews

Many others here have commented well on this little movie, and I don't have much to add that hasn't already been said. It's very foggy, it's very atmospheric, and it's extremely dated. I suppose that's why I liked it so much.

The story takes place in a village that is secluded by marshes, and I became fascinated by the location more than anything else. It seemed to be mostly fantasy, but could there really have been a place like this in real life? The characters live in relatively nice houses and seem to even have electricity, yet at one point a family is seen leaving town in a covered horse-drawn wagon. The heroine is a woman who is intent on taking over her deceased grandfather's role as a ferryman, although when she arrives at this town she does not even know the old man is dead, leading me to believe they don't have phones. The ferry itself is a diminutive boat pulled back and forth by a rope fixed over the swamp. Where are these people going? What's on the other side of the swamp? How were the houses built in this swamp if the only access is by a small boat? Is the village located on an island?

There is also a perpetual fog that permeates the film, and this is probably one of the coolest elements of the movie. Even during the day the fog is present, and we see the new female ferryboat operator reclining in some grass while she waits for the next fare, billows of fog drifting over her. I found myself asking a lot of questions, like...Is the swamp not infested with mosquitos? Is the grass dry enough to relax on? What is the weather like in this swampy area anyway that would make it so darn foggy all the time?

The movie has a charmingly stagy look, the swamp set is pretty wonderful and the idea of an entire community existing under these isolated conditions is a great idea. The ghost is actually pretty spooky too, and real for a change (instead of being exposed as a fake at the end). I liked how obscure the film apparently is, although now it's available on DVD, which is where I saw it. I recommend this for all fans of low-budget black & white spooky movies.

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