A respected aristocrat and his hideously deformed and deranged brother are responsible for a series of gruesome crimes in Paris.
NR (Not Rated)
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Lovely Paris circa 1880, a hideous face appears in a window while a man falls with a knife in the back. A bank has been robbed, dooming the bank owner to ruination! Who could have done the dastardly deed? Who indeed. Meanwhile, a simple clerk in said bank wants the hand of the bank owner's daughter. Unfortunately for him, so does creep du jour Tod Slaughter (as Chevalier Lucio del Gardo). Gardo wants even more than that! He promptly frames the clerk for the bank robbery and the murder. Can the hapless clerk out maneuver the skunk or will he be caught by the incompetent cops?
I've just recently discovered Tod Slaughter, villain extraordinaire. I think he's a hoot. He overworks every scene he's in but does it with a peculiar finesse that I find fascinating. He also has an evil chuckle he doesn't use sparingly. He's obvious but I found his style of acting highly engrossing. I wish they had more of his movies available on DVD.
This 1940 George King production from British Lion Studios is a delightfully evil if somewhat hokey little horror film. The setting is Paris, France in the year 1880, and a series of murders has the populace in mortal terror of "Le Loup" ("the wolf"). Why the killer is described as a wolfman is beyond me because in each case, the victim sees a horrifying face in the window and is stabbed in the back with a dagger. When M. de Brisson's bank is robbed during one murder, he fears he will be ruined financially. Then a new client, Chevalier Del Gardo appears to entrust a substantial amount of money to his care; the Chevalier's motives are far from noble, however, as he wants the hand of the young, beautiful Cecile de Brisson in return for his help. Cecile is in love with "lowly" bank clerk Lucien Cortier, and Del Gardo attempts to frame him for the murders. Several additional murders are perpetrated during the course of the story, and Lucien's last opportunity to prove his innocence...
I would go for the Arcanum version of this film as the print quality is better and it's paired in a double feature with Tod Slaughter's MURDER IN THE RED BARN. A MUCH better value.
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