Sunday, November 2, 2014
Crimes of Stephen Hawke (1936)
Less horror melodram then crime/chase drama The Crimes of Stephen Hawke is easily one of the best Slaughter films. It helps that the over acting by Slaughter is kept to a minimum, and that the rest of the cast is at the top of their game. This is a movie movie, unlike some of Slaughter's films which play like over baked stage productions. This is clearly a movie
What I like about the film is that it's just a good story. To be honest some of Slaughter's films like Curse of the Wraydons would be unwatchable if it wan't for the man at the center. Slaughter carries many of his films, but that's not the case here. you could easily put another villainous actor in the role and have it work.
Ultimately this is just a damn fine film no matter how you slice it.
Worth a look see. Out on bargain DVDs and on You Tube