Saturday, February 11, 2017

Alec McCowen in Frenzy

Frenzy by Alfred Hitchcock & Anthony Shaffer 
London UK 1972

Alec McCowen (26 May 1925 – 6 February 2017) plays the chief inspector in the necktie strangler case, Inspector Oxford, a reluctant gourmand, with Vivien Merchant as his gourmet wife, Mrs Oxford.  It is essentially the wife who cracks the case through her dinnertime conversations with her husband as he chokes down her startling meals, and it is her overwhelming conviction of Richard Blaney’s innocence that keeps the Inspector investigating long past the wrongful imprisonment of Jon Finch’s belligerent hero.  Through his toil Chief Inspector Oxford earns the right to deliver the final line of the film:  Mr Rusk, you’re not wearing your tie.

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