(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)
TITLE: The Crimes of Stephen Hawke
TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 10 minutes
DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 14.3 miles
TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 4046 miles
SYNOPSIS: A serial killer is hunted down and killed in turn of the century London.
CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The evil that men do eventually comes back to kill them. Best to live in an upright and moral society, else we all come to a bitter end.
PROS AND CONS: This film can best be summed up as a walk through a history museum. Impressive for it’s day, but a little bit hard to comprehend by today’s standards.
This whole work appears to be the direct export from a 1936 British movie theater, complete with gag reels and radio voice overs. The main story is preceded by two vaudeville acts. The first is the singing duo Flotsam and Jetsam, who are probably the best part of the whole film. The second act is some bizarre conversation about feeding cats. The third is the actual film of Stephen Hawke.
The whole work is apparently a star vehicle for veteran thespian of his day, Tod Slaughter. Mr. Slaughter does a good turn of the century Hannibal Lectre as a murderer that can crush bones with his bare hands, hence his menacing name, the ‘Spine Breaker’.
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This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.
Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film.
This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle. A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.