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The Strangler (1964)

Approved | | Horror | 1 April 1964 (USA)
An overweight lab technician with low self esteem, brought on by his dominant mother, becomes a serial killer of female nurses.

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Burt Topper
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Buono ... Leo Kroll
David McLean ... Lt. Frank Benson
Diane Sayer ... Barbara Wells
Davey Davison ... Tally Raymond
Baynes Barron ... Sgt. Mack Clyde
Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Kroll
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Detective Mel Posner
Russ Bender Russ Bender ... Dr. Clarence Sanford
Jeanne Bates ... Clara Thomas, the Nurse
Wally Campo Wally Campo ... Eggerton
Mimi Dillard Mimi Dillard ... Thelma
Byron Morrow ... Dr. Morton
John Yates John Yates ... Intern
James Sikking ... Police Sketch Artist
Robert Cranford Robert Cranford ... Jack Rosten
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Storyline

Leo Kroll, a lab technician in a large unnamed city, is responsible for the strangulation murders of several young nurses. He feels that in some twisted way, that he is getting back at his overbearing shrew of a mother. Leo also kills the nurse who is taking care of his mother in the rest home she is staying at. As a result, Mrs. Kroll dies from a heart attack. He also kills an arcade worker whom he feels can identify him. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boston Strangler See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Burt Topper, Victor Buono puffed smoke into his eyes to create tears for a particular scene. See more »

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LT. Frank Benson puts his pack of cigarettes into his shirt pocket twice. See more »

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In the main opening titles, actor Michael Ryan has the middle initial "M" in his billing, but it is not in the full cast list in the end credits. See more »

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Surprisingly Good
22 April 2002 | by mercury4See all my reviews

This movie is actually based on the Boston Strangler. There are many hints to it such as; women setting up bottles in front of their door so they can hear the strangler coming in, the stocking tied around the victim's neck and the fact that most of the women killed were nurses. At the time of the murders, they also believed the Boston Strangler was mother fixated, as Leo Kroll is in the movie. There are many things I like a lot better in this movie than The Boston Strangler with Tony Curtis. I love the plot, the score, and of course, the great acting by Victor Buono. Although it is hard to say whether Buono is better than Tony Curtis. You never really see Curtis strangling in his movie. You barely see Tony Curtis at all in The Boston Strangler. That's probably because no one is absolute certain that Alberto DeSalvo was the Strangler. The interesting thing about this movie is that the real Boston Strangler could've very well been a guy like the one in this movie.

After seeing this movie and a couple other movies of Buono, I think he is a great actor. The black and white cinematography is also very good. One thing that definitely sets the mood is the eerie music while Buono is hiding from his victims in the dark. There's even an incredible point of view shot through the Strangler's eye in the beginning. One thing that is very realistic is the fact that Buono gets pleasure while he is strangling, like a real serial killer. Buono also got me to sympathize with him in the movie. Even up until the very end. One of my favorite parts in the movie is when there is a sudden burst of violence when Buono strangles his mother's nurse. Especially great acting by Buono in that scene. At first I thought this would just be another B movie, but it wasn't. It was very well made. See this movie. You won't be disappointed.


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