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The Strangler (1964)

Unrated | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Leo Kroll
... Lt. Frank Benson
... Barbara Wells
... Tally Raymond
... Sgt. Mack Clyde
... Mrs. Kroll
Michael Ryan ... Detective Mel Posner
Russ Bender ... Dr. Clarence Sanford
... Clara Thomas, the Nurse
Wally Campo ... Eggerton
Mimi Dillard ... Thelma
... Dr. Morton
John Yates ... Intern
... Police Sketch Artist
Robert Cranford ... Jack Rosten
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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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1 April 1964 (USA)  »

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The Boston Strangler  »

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Victor Buono plays the mother-fixated Leo Kroll. Psychiatrists have theorized that the Boston Strangler had a mother fixation. See more »

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Dr. Morton is a handed a closed manila file on the lie detector test taken by Leo Kroll and then it is open. See more »

Crazy Credits

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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Excellent Psychological Thriller
22 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

This film was a pleasant surprise. I bought this on DVD with another film on same DVD because I liked the description, at a very fine price. I was not disappointed. Victor Buono of Batmans King Tut fame and Ellen Corby of Waltons fame were excellent as son and overbearing crippled mother. The scenes where Ellen Corby verbally abuses her son were as important to the film as the actual murders taking place. It truly does give the viewer somewhat of a sense as to why the killer turned out the way he did. I thought the police investigation and interrogation scenes were wonderful as well and truly stood the test of time to modern day film experiments such as Law and Order or CSI . The writers of this movie really did their homework to bring out an exceptional film in all facets, covering all bases. The film is timeless for the most part, except for smoking in the hospital. I thought that was strange lol. I surely recommend this film with an eerie soundtrack though very simple stage set. Victor Buono very underrated actor, probably because of his girth. Enjoy this film ASAP.


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