Wanted for Murder (1946)

UK, 1946
102m, 9204 feet
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British borderline horror film directed by Lawrence Huntington.

Plot Summary

A man learns that his grandfather was public hangman, becomes obsessed with it and starts committing murders as he goes insane.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Lawrence Huntington
Excelsior Film Productions
Produced by: Marcel Hellman
Associate Producer: Max Greene [real name: Mutz Greenbaum]
Production Manager: Gilbert Coventry
Screen Play by: Emeric Pressburger, Rodney Ackland
Scenario by: Percy Robinson, Terence De Marney
Additional Dialogue by: Maurice Cowan
From the stage play by: Percy Robinson, Terence De Marney
Assistant Director: Gerry Mitchell
Continuity: Kay Turnell *
Director of Photography: Max Greene [real name: Mutz Greenbaum]
Camera Man: R. Franckie
Stills: George Daly *
Editor: E.B. Jarvis [real name: Edward B. Jarvis]
Music by: Mischa Spoliansky
Music Recorded by: Harold King
Lyric of Song “A Voice in the Night” by: Mischa Spoliansky
[Song] Sung by: Elizabeth Webb
Sound Recorder: Stanley Jolly
Boom Operator: Ken Ritchie *
RCA Sound System
Dresses: Anna Duse
Make-up Artist: Jerry Fairbank
Hairdresser: Polly Richards
Art Director: Charles Gilbert
Assistant to Producer: Dave Blumenfeld
Fair Sequences: Hampstead A. Gray Amusements
Studio: Welwyn Studios
Eric Portman by kind permission of Two Cities Films Ltd

Eric Portman (Victor James Colebrooke)
Roland Culver (Inspector Conway)
Stanley Holloway (Sergeant Sullivan)
Dulcie Gray (Anne Fielding)
Derek Farr (Jack Williams)
Barbara Everest (Mrs Colebrook)
Bonar Colleano (Corporal Nick Mappolo)
Jenny Laird (Jeannie McLaren)
Kathleen Harrison (Florrie, the maid)
Bill Shine (Detective Ellis)
Viola Lyel (Mrs Mabel Cooper)
John Salew (Walters)
John Ruddock (Glover, the tramp)
Edna Wood (Miss Kemp, Dick’s girl)
George Carney (boatman)
Mary Mackenzie (girl at fair)
Wilfrid Hyde White (guide at Madame Tussaud’s)
Moira Lister (Miss Willis)
Gerard Kempinski (the head waiter)
Caven Watson (Jock, underground attendant)
Wally Patch (showman)
Beatrice Campbell *

Alternative Titles

Os Crimes de Hyde Park – Portugal
Das Dämonische Ich – Germany
Un delitto nella notte – Italy
Gritos en la noche – Spain
Nattens melodi – Sweden
Nattens melodi (De 7 mord) – Denmark
Recherché pour meurtre – France
Urteil vollzogen – Austria
A Voice in the Night – working title
Yön sävel – Finland



Daily Film Renter vol.26 no.6386 (15 September 1952) p.10 – review
Kinematograph Weekly
no.2033 (4 April 1946) – review
Kinematograph Weekly
no.2360 (18 September 1952) p. 52 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin
vol.13 no.148 (April 1946) p.45 – review
Motion Picture Herald
vol.163 no.2 (13 April 1946) – review
Motion Picture Herald
vol.165 no.6 (9 November 1946) – review
Today’s Cinema
vol.66 no.5323 (29 March 1946) – review
Today’s Cinema
vol.79 no.6588 (12 September 1952) p.20 – review