by Patrick Hamilton


"A superman ... is, on account of certain superior qualities inherent in him, exempted from the ordinary laws which govern men. He is not liable for anything he may do." Nathan Freudenthal Leopold, Jr. 1924

This tense, psychological thriller was the inspiration for the 1948 Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name. It follows two friends, Wyndham Brandon & Charles Granillo, as they commit a terrible act for supposed intellectual thrills, & to satisfy their desire of committing the 'perfect crime'.  They then hide what they have done inside a chest & throw a party for their friends, the chest acting as a buffet table. As the party runs its course, will any of their friends become suspicious, get too close, or reveal the hideous truth within?


Wyndham Brandon
Roly Ryan
Charles Granillo
Danny Gorton
Rupert Cadell
Ian Phillips
Mrs. Abot
Natasha Wright
Kenneth Raglan
James Banton
Leila Arden
Charlotte Wright
Sir Johnstone Kentley
Barney Powell
Mrs Debenham
Sarah Topley


Emily Bridger
Barney Powell

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