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Boston Strangler (The)

USA, English, 116 mins

  • Director: Richard Fleischer
  • Writer: Edward Anhalt; Gerold Frank
  • Producer: James Cresson; Robert Fryer

CGiii Comment

The tragedy of this film is the revelation that Tony Curtis could actually act.

Fleischer is overly fond of split screen - and, he does actually use it very well...a little too often.

The film is in two parts - the first is a routine police investigation that drags any deviant in for questioning (mostly gay).

The second parts deals with Curtis - and is utterly riveting.

One notable feature is the lack of music - this is a slow, methodical building of a complex character -  expertly done.

Quite a remarkable film.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the Strangler as a character. It is seen almost exclusively from the point of view of the investigators who have very few clues to build a case upon.

Cast & Characters

Tony Curtis as Albert DeSalvo;
Henry Fonda as John S. Bottomly;
George Kennedy as Det. Phil DiNatale;
Mike Kellin as Julian Soshnick;
Hurd Hatfield as Terence Huntley;
Murray Hamilton as Det. Frank McAfee;
Jeff Corey as John Asgeirsson;
Sally Kellerman as Dianne Cluny;
William Marshall as Atty. Gen. Edward W. Brooke;
George Voskovec as Peter Hurkos;
Leora Dana as Mary Bottomly;
Carolyn Conwell as Irmgard DeSalvo;
Jeanne Cooper as Cloe;
Austin Willis as Dr. Nagy;
Lara Lindsay as Bobbie Eden

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