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Tod Slaughter

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There was never any doubt as to the intentions of the characters played by bravura British actor Todd Slaughter. From the moment he lumbered into view, waggling his eyebrows, rubbing his hands in satanic glee, and giggling maniacally in his low, rumbling voice, you knew the old duffer was up to no good. After years of trodding the boards under a variety of stage names, Slaughter hit upon the gimmick of reviving some of the mustiest old stage melodramas ever perpetrated on the British public. Audiences were delighted, thus encouraging Slaughter to continue in this chop-licking vein. That he never truly took himself seriously is evident in Slaughter's first film, 1935's Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn, which was introduced in the manner of a Victorian stage play, with the actors, framed by a false proscenium decorated with flickering footlights, taking grandiose bows as they were energetically introduced by a bombastic "manager." Slaughter's subsequent films, their tone and content implicit in their titles, included Sweeney Todd, Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1935), The Face at the Window (1939), The Curse of the Wraydons (1943, in which Slaughter played none other than Jack the Ripper), The Greed of William Hart (1948) and Murder at Scotland Yard (1952). A barnstormer's barnstormer, Tod Slaughter had the distinction of being "camp" before the term was invented.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Greed of William Hart
  • William Hart
1948
No Score Yet Horror Maniacs (The Greed of William Hart)
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet Crimes at the Dark House
  • The False Sir Percival Glyde
1943
No Score Yet The Face at the Window
  • Chevalier Del Gardo
1940
No Score Yet Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror
  • Michael Larron
1938
No Score Yet Hooded Terror
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Ticket of Leave Man
  • Tiger Dalton
1937
No Score Yet Never Too Late to Mend
  • Squire John Meadows
1937
No Score Yet Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Sweeney Todd
1936
No Score Yet The Crimes of Stephen Hawke
  • Stephen Hawke
1936
No Score Yet Murder in the Red Barn
  • Squire William Corder
1935

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