Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror

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Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror
Directed by George King
Screenplay by A.R. Rawlinson (screenplay & dialogue)
Based onThe Mystery of No 13. Caversham Square
by Pierre Quiroule
Produced byGeorge King
Starring George Curzon
Tod Slaughter
Cinematography Hone Glendinning
Edited by John Seabourne
Music by Jack Beaver (as 'music director')
Bretton Byrd (uncredited)
George King Productions
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (UK)
Release date
  • 1938 (1938)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror is a 1938 British crime film directed by George King and starring George Curzon, Tod Slaughter and Greta Gynt. [1] It was George Curzon's third and final outing as the fictional detective Sexton Blake. [2]


Plot summary

The film - described as the best in the Blake series of 1930s movies [3] [4] - features the character of Sexton Blake and his efforts to defeat a major crime organisation headed by Michael Larron, a 'sort of Moriarty figure'. [5]


Critical reception

Of the film's villain, Leonard Maltin concluded, "Slaughter plays it basically straight in this passable low-budget outing"; [6] while Dennis Schwartz wrote, "Tod Slaughter is a trip as the perverse villain drooling over both stamps and Julie (Greta Gynt), and decked out when meeting gang members in a spiffy black robe with a snake embroidered on its front and a fashionable KKK-like hood. Like Vincent Price, Slaughter can make a not too original low-budget B film fun to watch." [7]

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  4. Famous Movie Detectives II, Michael R Pitts (1991),p.123
  5. The Unknown 1930s: An Alternative History of the British Cinema, 1929- 1939, edited by Jeffrey Richards, IB Tauris (1998), pp.92-93
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