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The Night of the Strangler (1972)

In New Orleans, a relationship between a black man and a white girl leads to a string of murders.


Joy N. Houck Jr.


J.J. Milane (original screenplay), Robert A. Weaver (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Micky Dolenz ... Vance
James Ralston James Ralston ... Dan
Michael Anthony ... Lt. De Vivo
Chuck Patterson Chuck Patterson ... Father Jessie / Jake
Susan McCullough Susan McCullough ... Denise
Katie Tilley Katie Tilley ... Ann
Ann Barrett Ann Barrett ... Carol
Warren Kenner Warren Kenner ... Willie (as Warren J. Kenner)
Ed Brown Ed Brown ... Jack Markam
Harold Sylvester ... Jim Bunch (as Harold Sylvester Jr.)
Stocker Fontelieu Stocker Fontelieu ... Father Babbin
Wilbur Swartz Wilbur Swartz ... Monsignor Greyson
Adrian C. Benjamin Jr. Adrian C. Benjamin Jr. ... Dr. Labewitz
George Wood George Wood ... Guard
Anthony Buonagura Anthony Buonagura ... Mike


In New Orleans, a man learns that his sister has a black lover and is pregnant. He throws her away and, a bit later, she is murdered by a mysterious killer with a peace-sign belt buckle, who disguises the murder as suicide. Her friend Vince and a black priest investigates, but this leads to more murders until a surprise ending... Written by Thomas <Bauduret@club-internet.fr>

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Release Date:

1 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Is the Father Black Enough? See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The rifle used was a Winchester Model 70, Pre 1964 action, Super Grade model. The bolt handle was hollow, the bolt was jeweled, and the forend had a black tip-all signs of the Supergrade. See more »


At the beginning, after Vance and Dan fight about their sister, Vance and his sister leave the house out and go onto the sidewalk. As they walk, the shadow of the camera dolly can be seen following them. See more »


Referenced in The Big Box: The Body Shop (2010) See more »

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Not just for Monkees fans!
12 November 1999 | by zombie2See all my reviews

The biggest reason I had for wanting to see this film is the fact that it stars Micky Dolenz of the Monkees. As anyone could tell by watching it, Night of the Strangler is pretty low-budget but has a good (and, for 1972, very controversial) plot. It centers around a white girl who falls in love with and gets pregnant by a black man. When the two are mysteriously killed, the investigation focuses on the girl's two brothers, Vance, who is kind and was supportive of his sister, and Dan, an arrogant racist who would rather have seen his sister have an abortion than have a black man's baby. A black priest who tries to console the two brothers throughout the film also adds to the increasingly obvious tension. Sort of a "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" meets "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane." A really good film if you're lucky enough to find at your local video store.

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