Knife for the Ladies (1973)

USA, 1974
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Larry G. Spangler. Production began on 25 June 1Daily Variety 5 October 1973 p.8

Plot Summary

A knife wielding serial killer is stalking the desert town of Mescal, preying on . A special investigator, Burns, is called in to find the culprit and comes to suspect that he may be the same killer that had recently haunted the Whitechapel area of London…


Directed by: Larry G. Spangler
© MCMLXXIII [1973] Spangler-Jolley Productions, Inc.
A National General Pictures release. Bryanston Pictures presents. A Spangler-Jolley production. Relesed by National General Pictures
Executive Producer: Lou Peraino
Co-produced by: Larry G. Spangler and Stan Jolley
Associate Producers: Robert Shelton and Ron Janoff
Screenplay by: George Arthur Bloom and Seton I. Miller
From an Original Story by: Seton I. Miller and Robert Shelton
Director of Photography: Irving Lippman
Supervising Film Editor: Anthony Carras
Editor: Lettie Odney
Sound Mixer: Al Overton
Make-up: Monty Westmore
Production Design: Stan Jolley
Filmed on location at Old Tucson, Arizona

Jack Elam ([Sheriff] Jarrod)
Ruth Roman (Elizabeth)
Jeff Cooper (Burns)
John Kellogg (Hollyfield)
Gene Evans (hooker)
Richard Schaal (Ainslie)
Diana Ewing (Jenny)
Jon Spangler (Seth)
Derek Sanderson (Lute)
Fred Biletnikoff (Horace)
Peter Athas (Travis)
Hank Kendrick (Fairchild)
Pat Herrerra (Nina)
Phil Avenetti (Ramon)
Brooke Tucker (Myra)
Bob Lien (J.B. Mullin)
Kit Kendrick (Cora)
Al Hassan (Riley)
Jean Wall (Lettie)
Greg Little (Amos)

Alternative Titles

Cuchillos para damas – Spanish title
Goes West
A Knife for the Ladies
A Knife in the Dark
Lovløs dom
– Norwegian video title
Silent Sentence – Swedish, US television title



  • Daily Variety 5 October 1973 p.8 – credits (Film production chart)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.227 no.10 (13 July 1973) p.8 – credits
  • South African Film and Entertainment Industry vol.6 no.4 (April 1983) p.43 – advertisement
  • Videoscope no.110 (Spring 2019) p.42 – review (60s/'70s shockers! by Rob Freese)


  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.216