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The Psychopath (1966)

Four men who were involved in the investigation of a German millionaire at the end of the Second World War are found murdered with tiny dolls left next to their corpses.

Director:

Freddie Francis

Writer:

Robert Bloch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Wymark ... Inspector Holloway
Margaret Johnston ... Mrs. Von Sturm
John Standing ... Mark Von Sturm
Alexander Knox ... Frank Saville
Judy Huxtable ... Louise Saville
Don Borisenko Don Borisenko ... Donald Loftis
Thorley Walters ... Martin Roth
Robert Crewdson ... Victor Ledoux
Colin Gordon ... Dr. Glyn
Tim Barrett Tim Barrett ... Morgan
Frank Forsyth ... Tucker
Olive Gregg Olive Gregg ... Mary
Harold Lang Harold Lang ... Briggs
Gina Gianelli Gina Gianelli ... Gina
Peter Diamond ... Junk Yard Man
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Storyline

Inspector Holloway is investigating a series of brutal murders in which a doll of each victim is found at the scene. The dolls, as it turns out,were purchased by the crippled Mrs. Von Sturm, whose home is overcrowded with a doll collection. Her pale, wide-eyed, neurotic son becomes the prime suspect, but are the police mistaken? The daughter of one of the victims discovers the shocking truth. Written by alfiehitchie

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Don't cross the path of the psychopath, unless your tired of it all. See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las muñecas de la muerte See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Amicus Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Judy Huxtable receives an "introducing" credit. See more »

Goofs

The players in the string ensemble are not moving their fingers along with the music. Much of the time, their fingers are not moving at all on the necks of the instruments. See more »

Quotes

Louise Saville: Oh, Dr. Glyn, this is Donald Loftis.
Dr. Glyn: Pleased to meet you.
Louise Saville: Donald's a medical student...
Dr. Glyn: Oh, yes. Hmm... Well, after twenty years as a physician, may I offer you some advice?
Donald Loftis: Yes, please do!
Dr. Glyn: Take up plumbing.
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Connections

Followed by The Monster Club (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Quintet
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Elisabeth Lutyens
Played by Thea King and the Delme String Quartett
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MaMa..MaMa...MaMa
13 January 2013 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Cinematographer and Director Freddie Francis who is best known for his work at Hammer Studios in Britain, (a classy outfit that remade the Universal Horror classics with verve and in color and produced some of the most remembered movies of the 50's and are Baby Boomer favorites), was behind the camera on this one.

With the help of Psycho (1960) author Robert Bloch, they went into familiar turf here with this little seen, and slightly disappointing, entry.

It does look pretty good and has some creepy setups, but suffers from some poor editing (some say it was re-edited after initial screenings) and a bit of a talky atmosphere. The ending is memorable and it is worth staying for the denouement, it just takes its time getting there and is clumsy at times, but not at all to be dismissed.


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