The Crimes of Stephen Hawke (1936) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Crimes of Stephen Hawke (1936)

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The Crimes of Stephen Hawke opens at a BBC radio studio, where a variety program is being broadcast. After the singing duo of Flotsam and Jetsom and a comic butcher perform, Tod Slaughter appears as himself to perform a radio play about Stephen Hawkes. Hawkes is, to all appearances, a model of kindliness and decorum. A money-lender, he is compassionate and caring toward his clients, and extremely attentive to his lovely daughter, Julia, whose beauty and innocence make her attractive to many suitors. But Hawkes is not all that he appears. In his guise as The Spine Breaker, he is a merciless and notorious murderer, viciously killing his victims in a gory and painful manner. Aided by his assistant, a strange hunchback, the first killing the audience sees involves an obnoxious but otherwise undeserving child. Eventually, Hawkes even kills his best friend; when the friend's son, Matthew discovers the truth, he vows to hunt down Hawkes himself.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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 wide
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Starz

Cast

Tod Slaughter
as Stephen Hawke
Eric Portman
as Matthew Trimble
Marjorie Taylor
as Julia Hawke
Gerald Barry
as Miles Archer
D.J. Williams
as Joshua Trimble
Charles Penrose
as Sir Franklyn
Norman Pierce
as Landlord
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Critic Reviews for The Crimes of Stephen Hawke

All Critics (1)

Something a little different -- and very much the same, too -- from Britain's horror meister Tod Slaughter, The Crimes of Stephen Hawke is a pure melodramatic delight.

Full Review… | September 17, 2015
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Crimes of Stephen Hawke

½

Goes smoothly, though it gets strange at times and rather dull. The ending is good and there's several exciting moments, but the drama gets in the way and many of the characters seem pointless. It's pretty watchable though.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad
½

A really good movie about a man living two lives; one normal and one disturbing. The story is really good, but this movie could have been better.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Good screenplay, fine acting. Good atmosphere and suspenseful. Always interesting, effective lighting and art direction.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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