Dr. Crippen (1962 film)
Dr. Crippen is a 1962 British biographical film directed by Robert Lynn and starring Donald Pleasence, Coral Browne and Samantha Eggar. The film's plot concerns the real-life Edwardian doctor Hawley Harvey Crippen, who was hanged in 1910 for the murder of his wife. The cinematography was by Nicolas Roeg.
|Directed by||Robert Lynn|
|Produced by||John Clein|
|Written by||Leigh Vance|
|Music by||Ken Jones|
|Edited by||Lee Doig|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
The film takes a surprisingly sympathetic approach to Crippen, who is portrayed as a downtrodden cuckold continually humiliated by his coarse, overbearing wife. There is a strong suggestion in the story that he may have been innocent of murder, having killed his wife by accident, and that his younger mistress Ethel Le Neve was completely ignorant of the killing. The plot ostensibly covers Crippen’s trial but the story is fleshed out with flashbacks to the doctor’s relationship with his wife and his affair.
- Donald Pleasence as Dr. Crippen
- Coral Browne as Belle Elmore/Cora Crippen
- Samantha Eggar as Ethel Le Neve
- Donald Wolfit as R.D. Muir
- James Robertson Justice as Captain McKenzie
- John Arnatt as Chief Inspector Dew
- Oliver Johnston as Lord Chief Justice
- Geoffrey Toone as Mr. Tobin
- Edward Underdown as the Prison Governor
Bosley Crowther in The New York Times wrote, "well, one must give good scores to Mr. Pleasence, Miss Browne, Miss Eggar and the rest of the cast for giving a sense of solemnity and suffocation to this stiff tale...the mystery, the action and the pathos are all too academic and thin—too milky and uneventful — except for those who are real Crippen fans". Britmovie noted a "sincere historical reconstruction about the infamous Edwardian murderer blending courtroom and melodrama. The direction from tv helmer Robert Lynn is satisfactory and is brightly captured in atmospheric black-and-white by cinematographer Nicolas Roeg."
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- "Dr Crippen". britmovie.co.uk.
- "Movie Review - Dr Crippen - Dr. Crippen' Stars Donald Pleasence:British Movie Opens at the Paramount - NYTimes.com". nytimes.com.