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Stop Me Before I Kill! (1960)

The Full Treatment (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | October 1960 (UK)
After surviving a traumatic car accident, a race car driver travels to the Cote D'Azur to recover but is plagued by an urge to strangle his wife.

Director:

Val Guest

Writers:

Ronald Scott Thorn (novel), Val Guest (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Claude Dauphin ... David Prade
Diane Cilento ... Denise Colby
Ronald Lewis ... Alan Colby
Françoise Rosay ... Madame Prade
Bernard Braden Bernard Braden ... Harry Stonehouse
Katya Douglas Katya Douglas ... Connie
Barbara Chilcott Barbara Chilcott ... Baroness de la Vailion
Ann Tirard ... Nicole (as Anne Tirard)
Edwin Styles Edwin Styles ... Doctor Roberts
George Merritt ... Mr. Manfield
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Storyline

High-strung race car driver Alan Colby is trying to recover from a serious head injury. Alan and his lovely new wife Denise go on vacation to the South of France for some much needed rest and relaxation. But Alan is having trouble resisting his more violent impulses. Suave local psychiatrist David Prade offers to help Alan out. Written by Woodyanders

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A diabolical new technique in suspense!


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UK

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English | French | Italian

Release Date:

October 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Stop Me Before I Kill! See more »

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Runtime:

| (cut) | (Screen Gems print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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At 120 minutes, "The Full Treatment" was Hammer's longest film to date. See more »

Quotes

David Prade: You know, only the unsuccessful murderers disclose their crimes.
Alan Colby: And the successful ones?
David Prade: Well, they draw their reward from a feeling of personal power.
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Alternate Versions

Columbia cut the film to 93 min when they released it in the US, but the TV arm of Columbia, Screen Gems, syndicated a toned down 107 min. print to US television for years. See more »

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Some Val Guest Flourishes but Overall Lengthy and Tedious
8 August 2017 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Obscure Hammer Psychological Thriller Written and Directed by Val Guest.

Suffering a Head Injury resulting from a Car Crash, a Race Car Driver (Ronald Lewis) Cannot Perform on His Honeymoon and on top or that is Haunted by a Lust to Kill His New Bride (Diane Cilento).

He has Black Outs and is Forever Fighting the Urge, and eventually seeks a Psychiatrist (Claude Dauphin), a Friend of His New Bride.

1960 saw a Trend in "Psycho" Pictures and Hammer joined in Immediately. This being a Val Guest Film there are a Number of Interesting Camera Flourishes and is a Fun Film to Watch.

But the Fun is Interrupted Frequently by Repetitive Scenes and some Mysterious Things that Astute Viewers won't find that Mysterious.

Good Acting from the International Cast but They bring Heavy Accents to the Dialog, and there is a Lot of Dialog, and it can become Wearisome. The Extended Length (107-120 min depending) Doesn't Help as the Story tends to Lumber and Stretch the Plot beyond its B-Movie Capacity to Sustain.

Overall, Worth a Watch, but Ultimately Talky, Heavy Handed and the Constant Changing Tone that is a Result of the Protagonist's Confusion and the Fighting and Making Up, Fighting and Making Up, becomes Tedious. It's Burdensome at times and tends to make the Movie more Irritating than Intriguing.


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