The Strangler

The Strangler

Director: Burt Topper Cast: Victor Buono, David McLean, Diane Sayer

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Overview

The Strangler

In 1964, as the "Boston Strangler" killings of young nurses in Boston remained unsolved, this film was rushed into release to exploit the horrifying situation. Victor Buono gives a chilling performance as Leo Kroll, a worker in a Boston hospital who has a propensity for strangling young nurses. Like Norman Bates in Psycho, Leo has an extremely unhealthy mother fixation. When Mom (Ellen Corby) suffers a heart attack and Clara (Jeanne Bates), a young and attractive nurse, is assigned to care for her, Leo's hormones start to rage. On one hand Leo is attracted to Clara, but he is also jealous of her, fearing that she has replaced him in his mother's affections. Leo proceeds to go on a killing spree, targeting young and attractive nurses. But Leo's downfall is imminent; he is a collector of kewpie dolls, and mistakenly leaves one behind at the scene of one of his murders.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/2015
UPC: 0888574330293
Original Release: 1964
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 12,348

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Victor Buono Leo Kroll
David McLean Lt. Benson
Diane Sayer Barbara
Davey Davison Tally
Ellen Corby Mrs. Kroll
Baynes Barron Sgt. Clyde
Michael M. Ryan Posner
Russ Bender Dr. Sanford
Jeanne Bates Clara
Wally Campo Eggerton
Mimi Dillard Thelma
Byron Morrow Dr. Morton
John Yates Intern
James B. Sikking Artist
Selette Cole Helen

Technical Credits
Burt Topper Director
Bill S. Ballinger Screenwriter
Sam Bischoff Producer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
David Diamond Producer
Robert S. Eisen Editor
Eugène Lourié Art Director
Jacques Marquette Cinematographer
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
Marlin Skiles Score Composer
Wally Westmore Makeup

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