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The Snorkel (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 7 July 1958 (UK)
Although the police have termed her mother's death a suicide, a teenage girl believes her step-father murdered her.

Director:

Guy Green

Writers:

Peter Myers (screenplay), Jimmy Sangster (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Peter van Eyck ... Paul Decker (as Peter Van Eyck)
Betta St. John ... Jean Edwards (as Betta St.John)
Mandy Miller Mandy Miller ... Candy Brown
Grégoire Aslan ... the Inspector (as Gregoire Aslan)
William Franklyn William Franklyn ... Wilson
Marie Burke ... Daily Woman
Henri Vidon Henri Vidon ... Italian Gardener (as Henry Vidon)
Flush Flush ... Toto (as John Holmes' dog 'Flush')
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Storyline

Paul Decker murders his wife in her Italian villa by drugging her milk and asphyxiating her by gas. He cleverly locks the bedroom from the inside and hides inside a trapdoor in the floor until after the body is discovered by servants. He uses a scuba snorkel connected to tubes on the outside to breathe during the ordeal. Decker's stepdaughter Candy suspects him immediately, especially since no suicide note was found. She also is convinced that he murdered her father years before, but her accusations fall on deaf ears. The ruthless Decker even poisons the family spaniel when the pet takes too great an interest in the mask and realizes he will ultimately have to get rid of Candy too. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Teenage Girl Vs. ... Killer-With-A-Gimmick!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

7 July 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

L'homme au masque de verre See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay is based on a novel by Anthony Dawson, the British character actor probably best known for playing Professor Dent in 'Dr. No'. See more »

Quotes

Candy Brown: You think I'm mad, don't you? They all thought I was mad when I said he killed my daddy.
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Alternate Versions

The US version of this UK film was cut to 74 minutes to fit on a double bill when first shown theatrically in the United States. See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Pure Genius
16 March 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Although the police have termed her mother's death by gas a suicide, a teenage girl (Mandy Miller) believes her step-father (Peter VanEyck) murdered her.

Hammer may be best known for their horror films, but they made some pretty fine thrillers and murder mysteries, too, as this film attests. Helmed by Guy Green (who made his name under David Lean) and written by Hammer's Jimmy Sangster, this is just pure genius beginning to end.

From the opening scene, we know how the killer does his work... but then we watch and see if his teenage stepdaughter can find out. Blaming someone for murder is one thing, but finding solid proof is something else entirely.


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