Berserk

1967

Jim O'Connolly
Director
Columbia Pictures
Studio

A series of grisly murders plague a circus.

Surprisngly competent and enjoyable film, especially coming from Herman Cohen. Crawford knows she is at the nadir of her career arc, but gives it all the gusto. Hardin is a bit less successful, but the rest of the cast is fine. Especially notable is George Claydon--a shame he wasn't in better roles. Plus, any movie that features a catfight between Diana Dors and Marianne Stone deserves an extra half-star. That all being said, the film is heavily padded with circus act footage such as "Phyllis Allen and her Intelligent Poodles," which is fine if you are a connoisseur of such things, but tends to distract from the plot a bit. The ending is a bit pat, too, but at least the killer is a bit of a surprise and their motivations understandable.

-Dave W.


Berserk
26th November 1967
Cinema



96 mins
1.85:1

Berserk
11th January 1968
Cinema

Not Rated

96 mins
1.85:1



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Joan Crawford
Monica Rivers
Ty Hardin
Frank Hawkins
Diana Dors
Matilda
Michael Gough
Albert Dorando
Judy Geeson
Angela Rivers
Robert Hardy
Detective Superintendent Brooks
Geoffrey Keen
Commissioner Dalby
Sydney Tafler
Harrison Liston
George Claydon
Bruno Fontana
Philip Madoc
Lazlo
Ambrosine Phillpotts
Miss Burrows
Peter Burton
Gustavo
Thomas Cimarro
Gaspar the Great
Golda Casimir
Romi Mendoza,
The Bearded Lady
Ted Lune
Skeleton Man
Milton Reid
Strong Man
Marianne Stone
Wanda
Miki Iveria
Gypsy Fortune-Teller
Howard Goorney
Emil
Reginald Marsh
Detective Sergeant Hutchins
Bryan Pringle
Detective Constable Bradford
Herman Cohen
Circus Audience
(uncredited)
Jim O'Connolly
Circus Audience
(uncredited)
Anthony Lang
Circus Audience
(uncredited)
Monti de Lyle
Talent Agent
(uncredited)
Ned Lynch
Talent Agent
(uncredited)
Arthur Goodman
Talent Agent
(uncredited)
Unknown
Talent Agent
George Lane Cooper
Roustabout (uncredited)
Unknown
Roustabout
Unknown
Circus Worker
Norman Fisher
Circus Audience
Aileen Lewis
Circus Audience
(uncredited)
Reg Thomason
Reporter
(uncredited)
Tony Castleton
Circus Worker
(uncredited)
Unknown
Performer at Meeting
Unknown
Performer at Meeting
Unknown
Performer Laughing at Catfight
Unknown
Performer Laughing at Catfight
Unknown
Performer in Interrogation Line
Unknown
Performer in Interrogation Line
Unknown
Performer in Interrogation Line
Unknown
Performer in Interrogation Line
Unknown
Police Constable
Unknown Male 113
Party Guest
Unknown
Circus Worker
Cyril Kent
Circus Worker
Unknown
Roustabout
Unknown
Police Constable
George Curtis
Circus Audience
(uncredited)
Alex Lewis
Circus Audience
(uncredited)
George Holdcroft
Circus Audience
(uncredited)
Susan Bills
Circus Audience
(uncredited)
Gaynor Stewart
Circus Audience
(uncredited)
Lynda Stewart
Circus Audience
(uncredited)
Robert Rowland
Circus Audience
(unconfirmed)
Ann Barrass
Extra (uncredited)
Michael Bishop
Extra (uncredited)
Harold Coyne
Extra (uncredited)
Maurice Dunster
Extra (uncredited)
Sue Gentle
Extra (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs
Extra (uncredited)
Aidan Harrington
Extra (uncredited)
Suzanne Heimer
Extra (uncredited)
Bill Hibbert
Extra (uncredited)
Sylvia Hibbert
Extra (uncredited)
Lewis Hooper
Extra (uncredited)
John Ketteringham
Extra (uncredited)
Kaye Power McGowan
Extra (uncredited)
John Moyce
Extra (uncredited)
Tony O'Leary
Extra (uncredited)
James Payne
Extra (uncredited)
Jack Ross
Extra (uncredited)
Fred Stroud
Extra (uncredited)
Harry Tierney
Extra (uncredited)
Rita Tobin-Weske
Extra (uncredited)
June West
Extra (uncredited)
Fred Wood
Extra (uncredited)

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