• Horror
  • Rated:
  • Director: George King
  • Writer: Jack Celestin, H.F. Maltby, Paul White
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The Crimes of Stephen Hawke is a 1936 British historical melodrama film directed by George King and starring Tod Slaughter as the nefarious Stephen Hawke - who masquerades as the 'Spine-Breaker'. It also features Marjorie Taylor, D. J. Williams and Eric Portman. It was made at Shepperton Studios, with sets designed by Philip Bawcombe. This is the third of Tod Slaughter's film outings, billed as a 'new-old melodrama'. In the introduction Slaughter appears in person, in a BBC studio, where he describes with relish his murderous activities in his two previous films: Maria Marten or Murder in the Red Barn (1935) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936). In the film Slaughter plays a seemingly kindly money-lender who dotes on his daughter Julia. He has however a double life as the notorious 'Spine-Breaker', Victorian England's most maniacal serial killer. His nefarious activities are eventually detected by his daughter's suitor Matthew Trimble, the son of one of his victims, who after pursuing and failing to catch him somewhat charitably opines to his daughter: In the end Slaughter comes out of hiding to kill another unwelcome suitor of his daughter, before falling to his death from the roof of his house in a dramatic final exit.
  • Horror
  • Rated:
  • Director: George King
  • Writer: Jack Celestin, H.F. Maltby, Paul White

  • Tod Slaughter
    Marjorie Taylor
    Eric Portman
    Charles Penrose
    Norman Pierce
    D.J. Williams
    Graham Soutten
    Gerald Barry
    George M. Slater
    Flotsam And Jetsam
    B.C. Hilliam
    Malcolm 'Mr. Jetsam' Mceachern

Watch The Crimes Of Stephen Hawke
  • (1936)

  • Horror
  • Rated:
  • Director: George King
  • Writer: Jack Celestin, H.F. Maltby, Paul White

Synopsis

The Crimes of Stephen Hawke is a 1936 British historical melodrama film directed by George King and starring Tod Slaughter as the nefarious Stephen Hawke - who masquerades as the 'Spine-Breaker'. It also features Marjorie Taylor, D. J. Williams and Eric Portman. It was made at Shepperton Studios, with sets designed by Philip Bawcombe. This is the third of Tod Slaughter's film outings, billed as a 'new-old melodrama'. In the introduction Slaughter appears in person, in a BBC studio, where he describes with relish his murderous activities in his two previous films: Maria Marten or Murder in the Red Barn (1935) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936). In the film Slaughter plays a seemingly kindly money-lender who dotes on his daughter Julia. He has however a double life as the notorious 'Spine-Breaker', Victorian England's most maniacal serial killer. His nefarious activities are eventually detected by his daughter's suitor Matthew Trimble, the son of one of his victims, who after pursuing and failing to catch him somewhat charitably opines to his daughter: In the end Slaughter comes out of hiding to kill another unwelcome suitor of his daughter, before falling to his death from the roof of his house in a dramatic final exit.

Starring
  • Tod Slaughter
    Marjorie Taylor
    Eric Portman
    Charles Penrose
    Norman Pierce
    D.J. Williams
    Graham Soutten
    Gerald Barry
    George M. Slater
    Flotsam And Jetsam
    B.C. Hilliam
    Malcolm 'Mr. Jetsam' Mceachern