A man dreams he is the 'demon barber' who cuts sailors' throats for jewels and uses the corpses for pies.


Walter West


George Dibdin-Pitt (play)


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Cast overview:
Moore Marriott ... Sweeney Todd
Iris Darbyshire Iris Darbyshire ... Amelia Lovett
Judd Green Judd Green ... Simon Podge
Charles Ashton Charles Ashton ... Mark Ingestre
Zoe Palmer ... Johanna
Philip Hewland Philip Hewland ... Ben Wagstaffe
Harry Lorraine Harry Lorraine ... Mick Todd
Brian Glennie Brian Glennie ... Tobias Wragg (as Brian Glenny)


A man dreams he is the 'demon barber' who cuts sailors' throats for jewels and uses the corpses for pies.

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Release Date:

28 September 1928 (UK) See more »

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QTS Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Version of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) See more »

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Good Version of the Story
26 October 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Sweeney Todd (1928)

*** (out of 4)

Early British production of the Sweeney Todd tale has Moore Marriott playing that role. In the film he plays a sadistic barber who kills mean for their money while using their bodies for meat pies.

When it comes to the story of Sweeney Todd, the most popular version of the older films is without question that Tod Slaughter one from 1936. That version of the story has made the rounds for countless years and it's reputation has grown as the cult following of Slaughter has. This silent version was made eight years earlier and there's no question that it's the better of the two films. In fact, this is a pretty darn good movie in its own right that fans of the horror genre should check out.

There's quite a bit to enjoy here but what I enjoyed most were the performances and the characters. I thought Marriott was quite good in the lead role, although one shouldn't be expecting anything over-the-top. The one performances that really stands out here is Harry Lorraine who plays Todd's brother and he does go so over-the-top that you can't help but think that Slaughter based his maniac-style performance on this. Just watch Lorraine here and it's easy to see that it influenced Slaughter in the 1936 version.

This was obviously shot on a very low-budget so there's not too much style and I'd argue that the film does look a bit older than its 1928 date. With that said, the thing clocks in at just 48-minutes and it certainly kept me entertained. It is interesting that the Todd story is told via a dream and we're let on to that right at the start of the picture.

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