The Crimes of Stephen Hawke (1936)

UK, 1936
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by George King.

Plot Summary

A seemingly kindly money-lender is really the notorious serial killer “The Spine Breaker”.


Directed by: George King
© [not given on screen]
George King presents
Production Manager: Harold Richmond
By: Frederick Hayward
Scenario by: Paul White
Dialogue by: Jack Celestin
Additional Dialogue by: H.F. Maltby
Asst. Directors: Ronnie Kinnoch [real name: Ronald Kinnoch], Michael Worth
Continuity by: Olga Brook
Photographed by: Ronnie Neame [real name: Ronald Neame]
Editing by: John Seabourne [real name: John Seabourne Sr]
Recorded by: J.K. Byers [real name: John K. Byers] at Sound City Studios, Shepperton on Visatone under license from Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co. Ltd.
Art Direction: Philip Bawcombe

Tod Slaughter (Stephen Hawke)
Marjorie Taylor (Julia Hawke)
D.J. Williams (Joshua Trimble)
Eric Portman (Matthew Trimble)
Ben Soutten [real name: Graham Soutten] (Nathaniel)
Gerald Barry (Miles Archer)
George M. Slater (Lord Brickhaven)
Charles Penrose (Sir Franklin)
Norman Pierce (landlord)
Flotsam and Jetsam



  • Kine Weekly no.1518 (21 May 1936) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.3 no.29 (May 1936) p.81 – credits, review (by E.P.)


  • Mr Murder: The Life and Times of Tod Slaughter by Denis Meikle, Kip Xool and Doug Young pp.129-135
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.80 – credits