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I Killed the Count

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I Killed the Count
Written byAlec Coppel
Date premiered10 December 1937
Place premieredWhitehall Theatre, London
Original languageEnglish

I Killed the Count is a 1937 play by Alec Coppel. Its success launched Coppel's career.[1]

1937 London production


1942 Broadway production

The play was produced on Broadway in 1942.[2][3]

1939 novelisation

A novelisation of the play was published in 1939.[4]

1939 film adaptation

Radio adaptations

The play was adapted for Australian radio in 1941. Max Afford did the adaptation.[5][6]

It was also adapted for BBC radio in 1938, 1945,[7] 1950 (with Jack Hulbert), and 1962.

1948 BBC TV adaptation

A second adaptation I Killed the Count was made by the BBC in 1948.[8] It was directed by Ian Atkins.

  • Freda Bamford as Polly
  • Philip Leaver as Count Victor Mattoni
  • Frederick Bradshaw as Detective Sergeant Raines
  • Frank Foster as Detective Inspector Davidson
  • Erik Chitty as Martin
  • Diarmuid Kelly as P.C. Clifton
  • Olga Edwardes as Louise Rogers
  • Mildred Shay as Renee la Lune
  • Val Norton as Samuel Diamond
  • Howard Douglas as Johnson
  • Arthur Goulett
  • Guy Kingsley Poynter as Bernard K. Froy
  • Bruce Belfrage as Viscount Sorrington

1956 ITV TV adaptation

The play was adapted by ITV in 1956.[9] The cast included Terence Alexander and Honor Blackman.

1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents version

The play was also adapted as a three-parter on TV's Alfred Hitchcock Presents.[10][11]

1959 Belgian TV version

The play was adapted for Belgian TV in 1959.[12]


  1. ^ Stephen Vagg, "Alec Coppel : Australian playwright and survivor", Australasian Drama Studies, 56, April 2010, 219-232
  2. ^ "I Killed the Count". IBDB. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  3. ^ Review of 1942 Broadway production at Variety
  4. ^ Novel version at AustLit
  5. ^ 1941 radio adaptation at AustLit
  6. ^ "I KILLED THE COUNT". Barrier Daily Truth. Vol. XXXIII, no. 9888. New South Wales, Australia. 21 February 1941. p. 6. Retrieved 11 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ 1945 Radio adaptation at AustLit
  8. ^ 1948 TV Adaptation at AustLit
  9. ^ 1956 TV Version at AustLit
  10. ^ Hal Erickson. "I Killed the Count (1939) - | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  11. ^ 1957 TV Version at AustLit
  12. ^ 1959 Belgian TV version at AustLit

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