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Violated (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 11 December 1953 (USA)
Psycho stalks the streets of Greenwich Village, killing and scalping his victims.


Walter Strate


William Mishkin (original screenplay) (as William Paul Mishkin)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holland William Holland ... Jan C. Verbig (as Wim Holland)
Lili Dawn Lili Dawn ... Lili Damar
Mitchell Kowall ... Lt. Mack McCarthy
Vicki Carlson Vicki Carlson ... Susan Grant
William Martel William Martel ... Det. Dana
Jason Niles Jason Niles ... Dr. Jason
Fred Lambert Fred Lambert ... George Mastro - Child Molester
Michael Keane Michael Keane ... Gardner - Reporter
William Mishkin William Mishkin ... Louie Quinto (as William Paul Mishkin)
Charles McClelland Charles McClelland ... Det. Collins
Mary Noble Mary Noble ... Mother Grant
Charles Uday Charles Uday ... Joe Summers - Pervert
Pete Caudreaux Pete Caudreaux ... Janitor
Sally Peters Sally Peters ... Ellen Tinker - Prostitute / Victim
Wambley Bald Wambley Bald ... Dist. Atty. Henderson


Filmed in New York City and intended for the niche market from art houses to back-street grind houses, with most of the distribution landing in the latter, "Violated" is the story of a serial/sex killer, Jan C. Verbig (Wim Holland), whose M.O. is cropping the hair of his victims. His love and pursuit of a burlesque dancer leads to his downfall and capture. A psychiatrist uses a truth serium to find the reasons for his abnormal behaviour. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

11 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City Jungle See more »

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Production Co:

Panther Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


An article in the March 1955 issue of Vue magazine indicates that the working title of the film was CITY JUNGLE. See more »


Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

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Strange Mix of Horror and Noir
3 October 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Violated (1953)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Greenwich Village comes under attack by a psycho who is stalking women. Not only is he killing them but he's also scalping them. The lead investigator (Mitchell Kowall) teams up with a psychiatrist (Jason Niles) as they try to determine the killer who might just be a released sex offender.

For 1953, VIOLATED is pretty hot stuff from start to finish. This is basically an exploitation film that mixes horror and film noir elements and the end result is fairly entertaining even if there are many flaws with the picture. If you're familiar with the 1980 slasher MANIAC you'll know that the lead character there scalped his victims. That film was heavily influenced by the 1966 film AROUSED. Well, I think it's safe to say that MANIAC also borrowed from this picture.

The first thing you'll notice about this picture is that fact that it's working on a very small budget. I know noirs made a name for themselves by having small budgets but this here is a lot lower than you'd typically expect. What really sets the film apart isn't its story so much but the fact that it's willing to push the boundaries of good taste. After all, this here was seven years before PSYCHO and you've got a sex maniac, a psycho stalking women and a burlesque subplot where there are plenty of ladies not wearing too many clothes.

Those exploitation elements is what keeps the film alive and moving throughout its short 67-minute running time. The performances are very hit and miss and the majority of them would be called amateurish to say the least. The lack of any real acting talent makes for a documentary like feel and the music score by Tony Mottola really adds a lot of sleaze. VIOLATED is a film that should probably be better known than it is.

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