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Covent Garden wholesale fruit merchant Bob Rusk is an impotent serial killer who strangles women with a necktie. One of his victims is Brenda Blaney, the ex-wife of his best friend, Richard Blaney, who becomes a prime suspect. Fearing discovery, Rusk kills Blaney's girlfriend, a barmaid, and Blaney is arrested. Escaping from jail, Blaney is followed by the police to Rusk's flat, where he's headed to seek revenge for his wrongful conviction of the crimes.
Just an ordinary necktie used with a deadly new twist. [Australia Theatrical]
Release Date: June 21, 1972
Runtime: 116 mins
All Genres: Crime, Horror, Romance, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Buried.com Rating: 8.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With F
MPAA Rating: TV-14
Jon Finch ...Richard Blaney
Barry Foster ...Robert Rusk
Barbara Leigh Hunt ...Brenda Blaney
Anna Massey ...Babs Milligan
Alec McCowen ...Chief Inspector Oxford
Vivien Merchant ...Mrs. Oxford
Billie Whitelaw ...Hetty Porter
Clive Swift ...Johnny Porter
Bernard Cribbins ...Felix Forsythe
Michael Bates ...Sergeant Spearman
Jean Marsh ...Monica Barling
John Boxer ...Sir George
Madge Ryan ...Mrs. Davison
George Tovey ...Neville Salt
Elsie Randolph ...Gladys
Jimmy Gardner ...Hotel Porter
Gerald Sim ...Solicitor in Pub
Noel Johnson ...Doctor in Pub
Joby Blanshard ...Man in Crowd
Gerry Cowper ...Spectator at Opening Rally
June Ellis ...Maisie - Barmaid
Harry Fielder ...Covent Garden Lorry Driver
Drewe Henley ...Undetermined Role
Alfred Hitchcock ...Spectator at Opening Rally
Robert Keegan ...Hospital Patient
Bunny May ...Barman
James Payne ...Covent Garden - Taxi Driver
Jack Silk ...Police Driver
Rita Webb ...Mrs. Rusk
Richard Wyler ...Truck Driver
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More Movie Taglines:
- Just an ordinary necktie used with a deadly new twist. [Australia Theatrical]
- From the Master of Shock... A Shocking Masterpiece!
- A deadly new twist from the original Hitchcock.
- Hotel porter: Just thinking about the lusts of men makes me want to heave.
Bob Rusk: I don't know if you know it, Babs, but you're my type of woman.
Bob Rusk: Don't forget, Bob's your uncle.
[last lines] Inspector Oxford: Mr. Rusk - you're not wearing your tie. Bob Rusk: [speechless] Bob Rusk: I...
[politician, being pulled away after the discovery of a woman's body with a necktie around her throat] Sir George: I say, that's not my club tie, is it?
- Director Cameo: [Alfred Hitchcock] in the first moments of the film in the crowd - he is the only one not applauding the speaker. He can also be seen in a following scene, after the body in the river has been found, standing next to a couple discussing Jack the Ripper.
Elsie Randolph (who plays a worker at the hotel) last appeared in a Hitchcock film 40 years earlier as the old maid in Rich and Strange (1931).
This was the first film Hitchcock shot in Britain since The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).
Director Trademark: [Alfred Hitchcock] [bathroom] the killer hides in the bathroom after the potato truck sequence.
Director Trademark: [Alfred Hitchcock] The long tracking shot down the stairway while the murder is occurring.
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Rating: 8.5 out of 10.0 - 73 votes cast total