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

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
UK release poster
Directed by George King
Produced by George King
Written by Frederick Hayward
H.F. Maltby
George Dibdin-Pitt
Starring Tod Slaughter
Stella Rho
John Singer
Eve Lister
Bruce Seton
Music by Eric Ansell
Cinematography Jack Parker
Edited by John Seabourne, Sr.
Distributed by George King Productions
Release dates
  • March 1936 (1936-03) (United Kingdom)
Running time
76 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 1936 British drama horror film produced and directed by George King. The film features actor Tod Slaughter in one of his most famous roles as the barber Sweeney Todd.


Sweeney Todd (Tod Slaughter) is a barber with a shop near the docks of London.

Using his charm and tonsorial skills, Todd lures wealthy, respectable customers into his barber-shop at Fleet Street, where he settles them into a mechanical barber's chair which dumps them head-first down into the basement, ready to have their throats cut with a straight-edge, razor-sharp blade—if the fall does not kill them first.

Mrs. Lovatt (Stella Rho), a lady who makes meat-pies next-door, disposes of the bodies for a share of the stolen money.

Sweeney Todd has his eye on marrying the daughter (Eve Lister) of a local aristocrat, but her father (D. J. Williams) refuses him. When her lover, Mark (Bruce Seton), returns from an ocean voyage, Todd tries to get him out of the way.

The fall, however, does not kill Mark, and Mrs. Lovatt hides him, allowing him to escape. When he recovers, he returns in disguise to expose the barber.

Realizing that he has been exposed, Todd sets fire to his shop and is ironically killed by his own hand, setting his trap floor into motion at the end of the film.


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