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The Snorkel (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 7 July 1958 (UK)
Although the police have termed her mother's death a suicide, a teenage girl believes her step-father murdered her.

Director:

Guy Green

Writers:

Peter Myers (screenplay), Jimmy Sangster (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Peter van Eyck ... Paul Decker (as Peter Van Eyck)
Betta St. John ... Jean Edwards (as Betta St.John)
Mandy Miller Mandy Miller ... Candy Brown
Grégoire Aslan ... the Inspector (as Gregoire Aslan)
William Franklyn William Franklyn ... Wilson
Marie Burke ... Daily Woman
Henri Vidon Henri Vidon ... Italian Gardener (as Henry Vidon)
Flush Flush ... Toto (as John Holmes' dog 'Flush')
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Paul Decker murders his wife in her Italian villa by drugging her milk and asphyxiating her by gas. He cleverly locks the bedroom from the inside and hides inside a trapdoor in the floor until after the body is discovered by servants. He uses a scuba snorkel connected to tubes on the outside to breathe during the ordeal. Decker's stepdaughter Candy suspects him immediately, especially since no suicide note was found. She also is convinced that he murdered her father years before, but her accusations fall on deaf ears. The ruthless Decker even poisons the family spaniel when the pet takes too great an interest in the mask and realizes he will ultimately have to get rid of Candy too. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Teenage Girl Vs. ... Killer-With-A-Gimmick!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

7 July 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

L'homme au masque de verre See more »

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Budget:

GBP100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Mandy Miller's last film. See more »

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Candy Brown: Jean, is suicide a mortal sin?
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Alternate Versions

The US version of this UK film was cut to 74 minutes to fit on a double bill when first shown theatrically in the United States. See more »

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References The Silent World (1956) See more »

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Mandy, As Candy, Is Dandy
15 November 2011 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

A little-known picture sporting an amusing title, "The Snorkel" yet reveals itself to be an excellent suspenser; a genuine sleeper that may be finding some latter-day acclaim thanks to this great-looking print in the Hammer "Icons of Suspense" DVD box set. Released in 1958 by Hammer Studios, shortly after the famed British filmmaking independent began its reign of the Gothic horror niche with that year's "The Curse of Frankenstein," the picture is a tale of murder and suspense without being an actual mystery. In the film's very first scene, we are privy to the central murder and made aware of how the killer contrives to make his victim look like a suicide. Using the titular gizmo, Paul Decker (played with icy Germanic menace by Peter van Eyck) manages to stay alive in a sealed room while he asphyxiates his wife with gas. He then hides beneath a covered trapdoor in the floor, leading the local authorities in the French/Italian border region (the locale in the film IS vitally important to its plot) to automatically render that verdict of suicide. But Decker's stepdaughter, Candy (14-year-old former child actress Mandy Miller, here in her final film), knows better, already suspecting him of having drowned her dad several years before. Too bad, though, that no one will believe her, including her beautiful nanny, Jean (Betta St. John, who many viewers will recall from the 1960 fright classic "Horror Hotel"), resulting in quite a nail-biting game of cat and mouse between Candy and the increasingly dangerous Decker. And this desperate standoff between the two turns more and more suspenseful as the viewer wonders just how--or if--Candy will ever prove her claim to the authorities before the killer manages to finish her off!

van Eyck, it must be said, is truly excellent as the cold-blooded Decker, while Mandy, appealing as can be, proves herself a fine little actress as well; likable, cute and effective. The film's direction by Guy Green is gripping and often imaginative, and co-writer Jimmy Sangster (who seems to have been responsible for so many of these Brit thrillers) here provides quite the ingenious and clever story line. The film has been beautifully shot in B&W--the nighttime photography is especially gorgeous--and features any number of impressive sequences. My favorite: Paul tries to "save" (i.e., drown) Candy in the ocean. The film builds to an extremely tense windup, capped off by not one but TWO highly satisfying resolutions. Those viewers who had hoped for some kind of comeuppance as regards Decker will NOT be disappointed! In all, "The Snorkel" is surprisingly likable; indeed, I found myself enjoying it even more than the overly plotted 1963 Hammer film "Maniac" (also written by Sangster), which is to be found on the same disc. And oh...despite the "Maltin Classic Movie Guide"'s assertion that the running time for "The Snorkel" is a brief 74 minutes, the version that I just watched was more like 90. And that's a good thing. With a film like this one--a real treat for young and old alike, and one that you'll likely recommend to your friends--the more, the better!


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