The Boston Strangler

1968

The Boston Strangler

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The Boston Strangler adopts the split-screen technique then in vogue (see also The Thomas Crown Affair) to relate the true story of self-confessed mass murderer Albert DeSalvo. Adapted by Edward Anhalt from the book by Gerold Frank, the film covers the years 1962 to 1964, during which time a dozen women were raped and murdered in the Boston area. State-appointed officer John Bottomly (Henry Fonda) arrests as many known sex offenders as he can get his hands on in hopes of finding a clue as to the Boston Strangler's identity. As these things often happen, the police come across the necessary evidence through pure luck. Well-played by Tony Curtis (whose makeup is startling), DeSalvo himself does not appear until an hour into the film. When caught, the schizophrenic DeSalvo insists that he knows nothing of the murders. Under interrogation and hypnosis, his homicidal impulses are exposed. Meticulously cast, The Boston Strangler offers excellent vignettes by Sally Kellerman as the Strangler's only surviving victim and by Hurd Hatfield as an erudite sex pervert. When Boston Strangler was first shown on TV in 1974, a voice-over coda was added, noting that Albert DeSalvo was stabbed to death in prison on November 26, 1973, and that many experts were convinced that he was not the killer but that his confessions were the product of a delusional mind. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

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 Frank McAfee
Jeff Corey
as John Asgeirsson
Sally Kellerman
as Dianne Cluny
William Marshall
as Edward W. Brooke
George Voskovec
as Peter Hurkos
Leora Dana
as Mary Bottomly
Carolyn Conwell
as Irmgard DeSalvo
Austin Willis
as Dr. Nagy
Lara Lindsay
as Bobbie Eden
George Furth
as Lyonel Brumley
William Hickey
as Eugene T. Rourke
Eve Collyer
as Ellen Ridgeway
Gwyda DonHowe
as Alice Oakville
Alex Dreier
as News Commentator
John Cameron Swayze
as TV Commentator
Shelley Burton
as David Parker
Elizabeth Baur
as Harriet Fordin
Dana Elcar
as Louis Schubert
William Traylor
as Arnie Carr
Carole Shelley
as Dana Banks
James Brolin
as Sgt. Lisi
George Tyne
as Dr. Kramer
Karen Huston
as Pat Bruner
Almira Sessions
as Emma Hodak
Arthur Hanson
as Commissioner
Walter Klavun
as Chief of Police
Janis Young
as Louise Parker
George Fisher
as Mr. Taylor
David Lewis
as Judge Schroeder
Greg Benedict
as Dick Matheson
Tom Aldredge
as Harold Lacey
Nancie Phillips
as Barbara Wise
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