THE BOSTON STRANGLER (1968)
The Boston Strangler adopts the split-screen technique then in vogue (see also The Thomas Crown Affair) to relate the true story of self-confessed mass murderer Albert DeSalvo. Adapted by Edward Anhalt from the book by Gerold Frank, the film covers the years 1962 to 1964, during which time a dozen women were raped and murdered in the Boston area. State-appointed officer John Bottomly (Henry Fonda) arrests as many known sex offenders as he can get his hands on in hopes of finding a clue as to the Boston Strangler’s identity. As these things often happen, the police come across the necessary evidence through pure luck. Well-played by Tony Curtis (whose makeup is startling), DeSalvo himself does not appear until an hour into the film. Like I said Tony Curtis is outstanding in this film. Curtis works hard to give his character some force in one of his best performances. Tony Curtis broke his nose while filming a chase scene. Other actors considered for the role of Albert DeSalvo were Robert Redford and Warren Beatty. Shortly before filming was set to begin the real Albert DeSalvo escaped from the mental institution where he was imprisoned. He was later captured after being on the run for 33 hours. Film debut of Edward Winter.