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Frenzy

The serial killer Bob Rusk (wonderfully played by Barry Foster) strangling Brenda Blaney (Barbara Leigh-Hunt).

Frenzy was made in 1971 and released in 1972.

Cast

Jon Finch... Richard Ian Blaney
Alec McCowen... Chief Inspector Oxford
Barry Foster... Robert 'Bob' Rusk
Billie Whitelaw... Hetty Porter
Anna Massey... Babs Milligan
Barbara Leigh-Hunt... Brenda Margaret Blaney
Bernard Cribbins... Felix Forsythe
Vivien Merchant... Mrs. Oxford
Michael Bates... Sergeant Spearman
Jean Marsh... Monica Barling
Clive Swift... Johnny Porter
Madge Ryan... Mrs. Davison
Elsie Randolph... Gladys
Gerald Sim... Mr. Usher - Solicitor in Pub
John Boxer... Sir George
George Tovey... Neville Salt
Jimmy Gardner... Hotel Porter
Noel Johnson... Doctor in Pub

Psalm 91

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Bob Rusk

You know in my trade we have a saying. We put it on the fruit: don't squeeze the goods till they're yours. Now, that's me. I would never do that. You know that, don't you.

Frenzy (1972) titles

Hitchcock Titles Frenzy

The Wrong Man Motif

In many Hitchcock movies an innocent man is escaping from the police (and often also the bad guys).

 

Strangulation motif

The Lodger, 1926/1927  
Number Seventeen, 1931/1932 The bum is "strangled" in the bathroom by Sheldrake
Secret Agent, 1935/1936 The organ player in Langenthal is strangled.
Sabotage, 1936 The film the boy soon to be bombed is carrying is "Bartholomew the Strangler"
Young and Innocent, 1937/1938 Christine (Pamela Carme) is strangled with a rain coat belt.
The Lady Vanishes, 1937/1938  
Jamaica Inn, 1938/1939 The thiefs try to hang Jem suspecting him of stealing from the goods
Shadow of a Doubt, 1942/1943  
Notorious 1945-46/1946  
Rope 1948 David is killed with a rope.
Stage Fright, 1949/1950 The murderer (Jonathan) almost succeeds in strangling Eve Gill in the theatre.
Strangers on a Train, 1950/1951 Marion is strangled by Bruno.
Dial M for Murder, 1953/1954 Margo is almost strangled during the murder attempt.
Rear Window 1953/1954 Thorwald tries to strangle Jeff when they meet.
The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956  
Torn Curtain, 1965-66/1966  
Frenzy, 1971/1972 The rapist serial killer uses a necktie.

Serial Killers in Hitchcock Movies

The Lodger The Avenger is serial killer who targets young blonde women.
Shadow of a Doubt Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) is a serial killer known as the "Merry Widow Murderer". He seduces, murders and robs wealthy widows.
Psycho When his mother found a lover, Norman Bates murdered both of them. He then stole his mother's corpse and preserved the body. He takes her identity and acts, talks, and dresses as she would. In the final scene, the sheriff mentions the unsolved disappearances of two other young girls.
Frenzy Bob Rusk (Barry Foster) is a fruit merchant who rapes and strangles women.

 

Flashbacks

The Lodger, 1926/1927 The lodger tells Daisy that he promised his mother that he wouldn't rest before the serial killer who calls himself the Avenger is caught
The detective sees in double-exposed images the elements apparently linking the lodger to the murders.
Easy Virtue, 1927 During the trial against Mrs. Filton for misconduct in marriage there are several flashbacks.
Blackmail, 1929 Alice sees the hand of the murdered artist in a flashback when she is waiting to cross the street on her way home.
Bon Voyage, 1944              
Aventure Malgache, 1944              
Spellbound, 1944/1945 John Ballantyne (Gregory Peck) remembers the accident when his brother is impaled on the fence.
Stage Fright, 1949/1950 The lying flashback, one of the most discussed flashbacks in cinema history. Can a flashback lie? (At about the same time Akira Kurosawa made Rashomon, a film depicting the rape of a woman and the murder of her samurai husband through the differing flashback accounts of four witnesses. Three of them must be wrong.)
Hitchcock to Truffaut on the flashback in Stage Fright: "I did one thing in that picture that I never should have done; I put in a flashback that was a lie. [...] Strangely enough, in movies, people never object if a man is shown telling a lie. And it's also acceptable, when a character tells a story about the past, for the flashback to show it as if it were taking place in the present. So why is it that we can't tell a lie through a flashback?"
I Confess, 1952/1953 When the girls tell the detectives that they saw a priest leaving the murder victim's house, we see this in a flashback.
When Ruth Grandfort (Anne Baxter) is telling about her being the young Father Logan's (Montgomery Clift) girlfriend and how she later got married and met the lawyer who blackmailed her, we see all this in a lengthy and narratively weak flashback.
Frenzy, 1971/1972 When the serial killer Bob Rusk (Barry Foster) remembers where the tiepin is, he sees fragments of Babs (Anna Massey) being murdered.

The Scream in Hitchcock Films

The Lodger

One of The Avenger's victims.

The Ring

Screaming from fear and joy at the fairground.

The Birds

The silent scream in The Birds is maybe the most expressive of them all. Jessica Tandy in shock.

Frenzy

Prayer doesn't help Barbara Leigh-Hunt's character Mrs. Blaney in Frenzy when she meets the serial killer

   
   

 

 

 

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