Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936 film)
|Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street|
|Directed by||George King|
|Produced by||George King|
|Written by||Frederick Hayward
|Music by||Eric Ansell|
|Edited by||John Seabourne, Sr.|
|Distributed by||George King Productions|
|Running time||76 minutes|
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 1936 British film produced and directed by George King. The film features actor Tod Slaughter in one of his most famous roles as the barber Sweeney Todd.
Using his charm and tonsorial skills, Todd lures wealthy, respectable customers into his barber-shop at Fleet Street, where he settles them into a mechanical barber's chair which dumps them head-first down into the basement, ready to have their throats cut with a straight-edge, razor-sharp blade – if the fall does not kill them first.
Mrs. Lovatt (Stella Rho), a lady who makes meat-pies next-door, disposes of the bodies for a share of the stolen money.
Sweeney Todd has his eye on marrying the daughter (Eve Lister) of a local aristocrat – but her father (D. J. Williams), refuses him. When her lover, Mark (Bruce Seton), returns from an ocean voyage, Todd tries to get him out of the way.
The fall, however, does not kill Mark – and Mrs. Lovatt hides him, allowing him to escape. When he recovers, he returns in disguise to expose the barber.
Realizing that he has been exposed, Todd sets fire to his shop and is ironically killed by his own hand… starting the shop on fire setting his trap floor into motion at the end of the film.
- Tod Slaughter – Sweeney Todd
- Stella Rho – Mrs. Lovatt
- John Singer – Tobias Ragg
- Eve Lister – Johanna Oakley
- Bruce Seton – Mark Ingerstreet
- D. J. Williams – Stephen Oakley
- Davina Craig – Nan
- Jerry Verno – Pearley
- Graham Soutten (credited as Ben Souten) – Beadle
- Billy Holland – Mr. Parsons
- Norman Pierce – Mr. Findlay
- Aubrey Mallalieu – Trader Paterson
- Henry B. Longhurst – Man on the quayside who talks to Sweeney Todd
- Ben Williams – Captain Stephenson
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