The Boston Strangler (1968)

116 mins | Drama | 16 October 1968

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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Boston. ...

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Location scenes filmed in Boston.

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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Richard Fleischer
Dir
Asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Richard H. Kline
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
Grip
Elec
Elec
Elec
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Illustrator
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
Set dec
Draper
Const
Props
Props
Props
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Tech adv
Tech adv
Prod film treatment
Loc mgr
Auditor
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Boston Strangler by Gerold Frank (New York, 1966).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 October 1968
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 16 Oct 1968
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
16 October 1968
LP36281
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
116
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

When several middle-aged women are found strangled and sexually assaulted in the Back Bay area of Boston, the police round up numerous suspects but fail to uncover any leads. As the stranglings continue, Massachusetts Atty. Gen. Edward W. Brooke, Jr., persuades Asst. Atty. Gen. John S. Bottomly to set up a bureau to coordinate information concerning the slayings. While women report possible suspects, an ESP expert, Peter Hurkos, is brought in to conjure up a vision of the murderer. Elsewhere in the city, plumber Albert DeSalvo stops watching the funeral of President Kennedy on television and tells his wife that he must check on a customer's furnace. Instead, he gains access to a young woman's home and murders her. He continues his attacks but is finally apprehended when he is chased into the street by the husband of an intended victim and struck by a police car. DeSalvo is sent to Boston City Hospital for observation, while Bottomly and Det. Phillip J. DiNatale question a surviving victim who recalls that she bit her attacker on the thumb. Discovering that DeSalvo has a bite mark on his thumb, Bottomly and DiNatale check his place of employment and discover that his absences from work correspond with the dates of the murders. Aware that DeSalvo may be a schizophrenic incapable of total recall, Bottomly places him in a room with his wife and watches from behind a glass wall as the confrontation triggers DeSalvo's subconscious and compels him to clutch his wife by the throat. There is insufficient evidence to prove that DeSalvo is the strangler, but Bottomly is certain that he has the right man when DeSalvo later reveals additional details ...

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When several middle-aged women are found strangled and sexually assaulted in the Back Bay area of Boston, the police round up numerous suspects but fail to uncover any leads. As the stranglings continue, Massachusetts Atty. Gen. Edward W. Brooke, Jr., persuades Asst. Atty. Gen. John S. Bottomly to set up a bureau to coordinate information concerning the slayings. While women report possible suspects, an ESP expert, Peter Hurkos, is brought in to conjure up a vision of the murderer. Elsewhere in the city, plumber Albert DeSalvo stops watching the funeral of President Kennedy on television and tells his wife that he must check on a customer's furnace. Instead, he gains access to a young woman's home and murders her. He continues his attacks but is finally apprehended when he is chased into the street by the husband of an intended victim and struck by a police car. DeSalvo is sent to Boston City Hospital for observation, while Bottomly and Det. Phillip J. DiNatale question a surviving victim who recalls that she bit her attacker on the thumb. Discovering that DeSalvo has a bite mark on his thumb, Bottomly and DiNatale check his place of employment and discover that his absences from work correspond with the dates of the murders. Aware that DeSalvo may be a schizophrenic incapable of total recall, Bottomly places him in a room with his wife and watches from behind a glass wall as the confrontation triggers DeSalvo's subconscious and compels him to clutch his wife by the throat. There is insufficient evidence to prove that DeSalvo is the strangler, but Bottomly is certain that he has the right man when DeSalvo later reveals additional details about the murders.

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