The Brighton Strangler (1945)

Article #686 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 1-29-2003
Posting Date: 6-28-2003
Directed by Max Nosseck
Featuring John Loder, June Duprez, Rose Hobart

An actor suffers a concussion during an air raid, and takes on in real life the role he was playing at the time, that of a murderer known as The Brighton Strangler.

This is a fairly ordinary but moderately entertaining take on a common story, with a good performance by John Loder in the title role. The story itself is pretty predictable, but there are some nice setpieces here. I particularly like a scene in a movie theatre in which a murder is interrupted by a newsreel; there’s also a nice murder sequence during a snowstorm. It’s no classic, but it’s a pleasant enough time-killer that doesn’t wear out its welcome; it runs 67 minutes.


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