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Anatomy of a Psycho (1961)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 14 June 1961 (USA)
The crazed brother of a condemned killer sent to the gas chamber swears vengeance on those he holds responsible for his brother's execution.

Director:

Boris Petroff (as Brooke L. Peters)

Writers:

Jane Mann (original story), Jane Mann (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronnie Burns ... Mickey
Pamela Lincoln Pamela Lincoln ... Pat
Darrell Howe Darrell Howe ... Chet
Judy Howard ... Sandy
Michael Granger Michael Granger ... Lt. Mac (as Michael Grainger)
Frank Killmond ... Bobbie
Russ Bender Russ Bender ... Frank (as Russell Bender)
Don Devlin Don Devlin ... Moe
William Salzwedel William Salzwedel ... Duke
Robert Stabler Robert Stabler ... Defense Attorney
John B. Lee John B. Lee ... District Attorney
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Storyline

Driven to the edge of insanity by the execution of his older brother, Chet is boiling over with hatred. After getting his face slashed in a senseless alley-way brawl, his paranoia begins to paint everyone around him as an enemy. He turns to his sweet younger sister, his slutty girlfriend, and even his old poker buddies for solace, but all of them have real or imagined links back to the ill-fated trial that condemned his brother, thus aggravating Chet's psychosis. After viciously assaulting the prosecuting attorney's son, the troubled youth draws the relentless attention of detective Lt. Mac. Spiraling out of control, Chet commits an arson and then a senseless murder. With Lt. Mac ratcheting up the pressure, Chet sinks deeper and deeper into the bottomless pit of his own psychotic delusions. Written by alfiehitchie

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A Psychotic Killer prowls the night! ... Will he be stopped before he kills again? See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA See more »

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UNITEL See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound) (as Glen Glen Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Darrell Howe's Anatomy
8 March 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"A young man is despondent over the conviction and subsequent execution of his older brother. Having idolized his brother to the point of it being an obsession, the young man cannot believe he was guilty, even though he was, and swears to avenge him. The crazed young man decides to carry out his revenge by tracking down and killing all the officials and jurors responsible for his brother's trial and execution," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis.

Boris Petroff's "Anatomy of a Psycho" is a pale period piece, which seemingly sought to (given the title) bask in the glow of two significantly more timeless films. It might have been interesting had it tweaked the covertly homosexual relationship between Darrell Howe (as Chet Marco) and Frank Kiliman (as Bobby Brown), for starters.

By the way, it's easy to mistake Mr. Howe for Ronnie Burns (as Mickey Craig), due to the latter's star billing. Mr. Burns, who plays a slightly more secondary role to Mr. Howe's "bad boy" lead, was the more well-known actor, due to his appearing from 1955-'59 on his parents' TV series. Relax, Ronnie does not stray too far from his familiar role as the nice young son of George Burns & Gracie Allen.

*** Anatomy of a Psycho (1961) Boris Petroff ~ Darrell Howe, Ronnie Burns, Pamela Lincoln


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