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Strangler's Web (1965)

| Drama | 1965 (UK)
What appears to be a cut-and-dried case of murder of an aging one time showgirl on Hampstead Heath by her lover is complicated by several factors, including a far more respectable paramour,... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
John Stratton ... Lewis Preston
Pauline Munro Pauline Munro ... Melanie Anderson
Griffith Jones ... Jackson Delacorte
Gerald Harper Gerald Harper ... Inspector Murray
Maurice Hedley Maurice Hedley ... Amos Colfax
Michael Balfour Michael Balfour ... John Vichelski
Pauline Boty Pauline Boty ... Nell Pretty
Patricia Burke ... Norma Brent
Tony Wall Tony Wall ... Constable Huntly
Barry Jackson ... Morton Bray
Marianne Stone ... Alicia Preston
Patti Dalton Patti Dalton ... Elsie Lovett
Gary Hope ... Michael Olsen
Rosamund Greenwood Rosamund Greenwood ... Miss Pitts
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What appears to be a cut-and-dried case of murder of an aging one time showgirl on Hampstead Heath by her lover is complicated by several factors, including a far more respectable paramour, and her insistence that a great inheritance was due her that nobody can verify. Written by morroviolet

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1965 (UK) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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One of the best in the Edgar Wallace series.
10 November 2013 | by robin-moss2See all my reviews

Strangler's Web is an interesting story about a murder that is not nearly as open-and-shut as it first seems. The characters are unconventional and are well-drawn by both the screenplay and the actors while the investigation into what really happened trawls through various strata of British society.

The opening scene where the murder takes place borrows ideas from the pre-credit sequence of From Russia With Love. The murdered woman's common-law husband is found at the scene and is the obvious suspect. A solicitor with a drink problem and a tendency to beat his wife is appointed to prepare the defence. He finds that the suspect's conduct towards the murdered woman was not unlike his own towards his wife. He pulls himself together and gets to work. He comes across a wide variety of people including a confidence trickster, an air-brained young woman and a disfigured ex-matinée idol.

Not a moment is wasted in Strangler's Web and the pace never lets up. As were the other films in this Edgar Wallace series, the movie is well- photographed and edited.


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