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Dr. Crippen (1963)

The real-life story of Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen, who was hanged in London in 1910 for poisoning his wife so he could be with his young lover. But was he truly guilty of murder?

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Robert Lynn

Writer:

Leigh Vance
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Crippen
Samantha Eggar ... Ethel Le Neve
Coral Browne ... Belle Elmore
Donald Wolfit ... R.D. Muir (as Sir Donald Wolfit)
James Robertson Justice ... Captain McKenzie
John Arnatt ... Inspector Dew
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... Bruce Martin
Oliver Johnston ... Lord Chief Justice
John Lee ... Harry
Olga Lindo Olga Lindo ... Mrs Arditti
Elspeth March ... Mrs Jackson
Geoffrey Toone ... Tobin
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... The Governor
Douglas Bradley-Smith Douglas Bradley-Smith ... Dr. Pepper
Hamilton Dyce Hamilton Dyce ... Dr. Rogers
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A dramatization of Britain's notorious Crippen murder case. American-born Hawley Harvey Crippen (nicknamed "Peter"), a mild-mannered, middle-aged doctor who made his living in London selling quack remedies, was convicted and hanged in 1910 for poisoning his wife, Belle, dismembering her body and burying the remains in the coal cellar of their home before fleeing England with his mistress, Ethel Le Neve, only to be arrested aboard ship while en route to North America. The movie opens with the start of Crippen's trial in the Old Bailey; flashbacks provide a look at the misery of Crippen's marriage to the overbearing Belle, a failed music-hall performer with an eye for younger men, and how Crippen found true love in the person of his young secretary, until events reached their dreadful climax. That Crippen caused his wife's death, there is little doubt, but this movie wonders: Was it a deliberate act? Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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If you want to remember your wife, send flowers. If you want to dismember her... see DR. CRIPPEN See more »

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Crime | Drama | History | Horror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1966 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Doctor Crippen See more »

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Production Co:

Torchlight Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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DNA testing has divided opinion as to the guilt of Dr Crippen - There are a wealth of resources to follow, far exceeding the scope of this entry. Examples of questions raised both before and after DNA testing have been: The 'remains of Crippen's wife Cora' were in fact those of a man? Why were said remains filleted? Where were the bones? See more »

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I'm Not a One Man Woman
(uncredited)
Music by Ken Jones
Lyrics by Joe Roncoroni (as Dominic John)
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"Damned Yankees" :)
13 March 2004 | by GarryQSee all my reviews

Brits complain about Americans stealing our inventions, yet we've been quite happy to claim two Americans, a quack doctor and a failed burlesque singer for our own. Casting 'Donald Pleasence'(qv) as the Doctor and Anglicised Aussie 'Coral Browne' (qv) as his insufferable wife not only seemed right but produced wonderfully atmospheric performances. I've only seen a TV version so it may be TV editing rather than the low budget that missed out, for example, Ethel wearing Mrs Crippens furs & jewellery to events. It would have helped see why the Doctor fell under suspicion. Made at a time when abolishing capital punishment and miscarriages of justices were under discussion in the UK it is not surprising the film suggests that the murder wasn't premeditated. In the light of his subsequent actions, you can decide yourself.

The real `other woman' Ethel Le Neve, changed her name and died in Dulwich, SE London, in 1967 aged 89. If she saw this movie what did she think?


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