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A Is for Acid (2002)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 9 September 2002
John George Haigh, the notorious "acid bath murderer" in 1940s England, becomes the subject of this dramatization.

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John George Haigh
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Gillian Rogers
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Archie Henderson
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Rose Henderson
Rowena Cooper ...
Mrs. Durand-Deacon
John Flanagan ...
Arnold Burtin
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DS Heslin
Matyelok Gibbs ...
Mrs Constance Lane
Barbara Marten ...
Emily Haigh
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John Haigh Senior
Christopher Town ...
John George Haigh (as a boy)
Neil McKinven ...
Donald McSwan
Claire Nielson ...
Amy McSwan
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William McSwan
Christopher Ettridge ...
Steven Rogers (as Chris Ettridge)
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Dramatisation of the true story of the notorious "acid bath murderer" John Haigh, who murdered women and disposed of their bodies in vats of acid in the 1940's. He was only caught when the gallstones of one of his victims, Mrs Durand-Deacon, failed to dissolve in the acid and were detected by the pathologist who examined the residue from the acid bath. Written by van_whistler@hotmail.com

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In 1945, the widow Olive Durand-Deacon describes her husband as having served in "The Glorious Glosters". Although a common nickname for the Gloucestershire Regiment, it derives from their heroism at the battle of the Imjin River during the Korean War - in 1951. See more »

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Referenced in Psychoville: Joy (2009) See more »

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When the Lights Go On Again
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Performed by Vera Lynn
[detectives inspecting the first crime scene]
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Rather!
18 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

An affable psychopath in post-war Britain suckers in his down-at-heel acquaintances to liquidate them in acid and release ready funds. Will he be caught?

Lovely Poirot-style production, with oodles of acting quality. No great psychological insight, but at least the moral brigade is kept at bay and the natural horror seeps through the period atmosphere.

It refuses to creepify in the acid bath scenes - the last victim might have breathed in then gurgled out a great bubble of blood, but no - so a gentle horror, which was fine by me. I still took pleasure in the pace and performances, the setting and sound.

Overall, nicely judged and a good surprise.


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