Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936)

76m, 35mm
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by George King.

Plot Summary

In 1830s London, maniac barber Sweeney Todd is murdering his customers, passing the bodies to Mrs Lovett who runs the neighbouring for use in her .


Directed by: George King
George King presents a George King production
Production Management: Billy Phelps
[Written] By: Frederick Hayward
Dialogue: H.F. Maltby
Asst Director: Ronnie Kinnoch [real name: Ronald Kinnoch]
Continuity: Olga Brook
Photographer: Jack Parker
Editor: John Seabourne [real name: John Seabourne Sr]
Sound: J. Byers [real name: John K. Byers]
Recorded on Visatone under license from Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co. Ltd.
Art Director: Percy Bell
Produced at: Sound City

Tod Slaughter (Sweeney Todd)
Stella Rho (Mrs Lovatt)
Johnny Singer (Tobias Rag)
Eve Lister (Johanna Oakle)
Bruce Seton (Mark Ingerstreet)
D.J. Williams (Stephen Oakley)
Davina Craig (Nan)
Jerry Verno (Pearley)
Ben Souten [real name: Graham Soutten] (beadle)
Billy Holland (Parsons)
Norman Pierce (Mr Findlay)
Aubrey Mallalieu (Trader Paterson)
Henry B. Longhurst [man on the quayside talking to Sweeney Todd – uncredited]
Ben Williams [Captain Stephenson – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – US title
Sweeney Todd



  • Kine Weekly no.1507 (5 March 1936) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.3 no.27 (March 1936) p.43 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.137 no.1 (7 October 1939) – review


  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.156 – credits, synopsis
  • A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.93-94; 102-103
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.26, 27
  • Golden Horrors: An Illustrated Critical Filmography, 1931-1939 by Bryan Senn pp.481-482
  • Mr Murder: The Life and Times of Tod Slaughter by Denis Meikle, Kip Xool and Doug Young pp.121-129
  • by Walt Lee p.94 – credits
  • Thrills Untapped: Neglected Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films 1928-1936