The Brides in the Bath
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|The Brides in the Bath|
|Written by||Glenn Chandler|
|Directed by||Harry Bradbeer|
|Theme music composer||Richard Taylor|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||120 minutes|
The Brides in the Bath is a 2003 Yorkshire Television film based on the life and Old Bailey trial of British serial killer and bigamist George Joseph Smith, the "Brides in the Bath Murderer". Martin Kemp plays the role of Smith, and Richard Griffiths plays barrister Sir Edward Marshall-Hall. The script was written by Glenn Chandler and directed by Harry Bradbeer.
The film focuses on the trial of George Smith and flashbacks showing how he met each of his wives. Smith is married to his wife Edith. He often goes away on the pretext of business. Whilst he is away he meets wealthy women, marries them within a few weeks, insures their lives and then drowns them in the bath. He returns with the insurance money (sometimes he brings the latest victims possessions to Edith as gifts). He is eventually arrested and ultimately hanged for his crimes. At the trial it is revealed that his marriage to Edith is bigamous; in total he had eight wives, most of which he left after stealing all their possessions.
- Martin Kemp as George Smith
- Tracey Wilkinson as Edith Smith
- Emma Ferguson as Alice Burnham
- Jennifer Calvert as Caroline Thornhill
- Susan Brown as Mrs. Crossley
- Richard Griffiths as Sir Edward Marshall-Hall
- Joanna David as Elizabeth Burnham
- Peter Wight as Charles Burnham
- James Woolley as Mr. Archibald Bodkin
- Philip Voss as Mr. Justice Scrutton
- Alan McKenna as Det. Insp. Arthur Neil
- Ed Waters as Det. Sgt. Page
- Anthony Calf as Howard Munday
- Adam Schumacher as Marshall-Hall's Clerk
- Charlotte Randle as Bessie Munday
- Lisa Ellis as Maisy Crossley
- Carolyn Backhouse as Margaret Lofty
- Howard Gay as Montague Shearman
- Ian Connaughton as Travers Humphreys
- Mark Lavery, Mark Lavery (31 December 2003). "A Role to Die For". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
- staff (29 May 2003). "Filming in Old Town". Bridlington Free Press. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
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