M (1951)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Joseph Losey.

Plot Summary

A city is haunted by a serial killer of children who is eventually captured and put on trial by a criminal gang.


Directed by: Joseph Losey
Copyright MCMLI [1951] by Superior Films, Inc.
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents
Produced by: Seymour Nebenzal
Associate Producer: Harold Nebenzal
Screen Play by: Norman Reilly Raine, Leo Katcher
Additional Dialogue by: Waldo Salt
Director of Photography: Ernest Laszlo
Film Editor: Edward Mann
Music Composed by: Michel Michelet
Sound: Leon Becker
Makeup: Ted Larsen
Art Director: Martin Obzina
Made at: Motion Picture Center Studios, Hollywood, California

David Wayne [Martin W. Harrow]
Howard Dasilva [Inspector Carney]
Luther Adler [Dan Langley]
Martin Gabel [Charlie Marshall]
Steve Brodie [Lieutenant Becker]
Raymond Burr [Nick ‘Pottsy' Potter]
Glenn Anders [Riggert]
Karen Morley [Mrs Coster]
Norman Lloyd [Sutro]
John Miljan [blind balloon vendor]
Walter Burke [McMahon]
Roy Engel [Chief Regan]
Benny Burt [Jansen]
Lennie Bremen [Lemke]
Jim Backus [the mayor]
Janine Perreau [intended victim]
Frances Karath
Robin Fletcher [Elsie Coster]
Bernard Szold [Bradbury Building nightwatchman]
Jorja Curtright [Mrs Stewart]

Alternative Titles

O drakos tou Londinou – Greek title
M = mördaren – Swedish title
M de moordenaar – Flemish Belgian title
M le maudit – French, French Belgian title
O Maldito – Brazilian title
Matou – Portuguese title
Morderca – Polish title

Remake of
M (1931)


Castle of Frankenstein no.17 p.28
Classic Images no.390 (December 2007) pp.35-36 – DVD review (Video views: M by John Nangle)
Films in Review vol.2 no.4 (April 1951) p.45 – credits, review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.18 no.211 (August 1951) p.307 – credits, synopsis, review
Motion Picture Herald vol.182 no.9 (3 March 1951) p.741 – credits, review
Today's Cinema vol.77 no.6287 (5 July 1951) p.6 – credits, review
Variety 7 March 1951 – credits, review
Video Dungeon: The Collected Reviews by Kim Newman p.401-402 – review
Wide Angle vol.19 no.4 (October 1997) pp.62-93 – illustrated article (From Berlin to Bunker Hill: Urban Space, Late Modernity and Film Noir in Fritz Lang's and Joseph Losey's M by Edward Dimendberg)

by Walt Lee p.272 – credits
Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cettl p.268-269 – credits, review
Video Dungeon: The Collected Reviews by Kim Newman p.401-402