The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh

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The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh poster.jpg
Directed by Sergio Martino
Produced by Antonio Crescenzi
Luciano Martino
Screenplay by Vittorio Caronia
Ernesto Gastaldi
Eduardo Manzanos Brochero
Story by Eduardo Manzanos Brochero
Starring George Hilton
Edwige Fenech
Conchita Airoldi (as Cristina Airoldi)
Manuel Gil
Carlo Alighiero
Music by Nora Orlandi
Cinematography Emilio Foriscot
Floriano Trenker
Edited by Eugenio Alabiso
Copercines, Cooperativa Cinematográfica
Devon Film
Laurie International
Distributed by Gemini-Maron
Release dates 15 January 1971
Running time Italy: 98 min
Spain: 92 min
USA: 81 min
Country Italy
Language Italian
Box office ESP 15,193,058 (Spain)

The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (Italian: Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh; released as Blade of the Ripper in the United States) is a 1970 giallo murder mystery film directed by Sergio Martino. It is his first entry in the giallo subgenre. The letter "h" was added to the name "Ward" when an Italian woman named Mrs. Ward threatened legal action over the original title's potentially damaging her good name, just before the film was released. The film was also known as Next! or The Next Victim.

Critical reception[edit]

AllMovie wrote, "Sergio Martino's first entry into Italy's giallo genre delivers everything this style of thriller requires and then some", calling it "a skillful example of how the giallo can be a head-spinning experience in style over substance."[1]


  1. ^ Guarisco, Donald. "Blade of the Ripper - Review - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 

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