Spaceways - 1952
A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films (UK) and Lippert Films (USA)
Copyright 1952 by Exclusive Films Ltd.
All characters in this photoplay are fictitious and bear no resemblance to any real person, living or dead
Freely adapted from the Radio Play by Charles Eric Maine
RCA Sound System
Produced at Exclusive Studios, Bray
Black & White 76 minutes
It is an open secret that space scientist Stephen Mitchell and his wife, Vanessa, do not get along. So, when she and her lover, Philip Crenshaw, disappear, the suspicion is that Mitchell has killed them both and disposed of their bodies on board a rocket which has just been launched and which is destined to remain in orbit for decades to come. Mitchell decides that the only way to prove his innocence is to take up a second rocket and bring the first one back to Earth. Watch the official trailer on YouTube
Art Director J. Elder Wills
Editor Maurice Rootes
Sound Recordist Bill Salter
Assistant Director Jimmy Sangster
Production Manager Victor Wark
Continuity Renee Glynne
Dialogue Director Nora Roberts
Make-up D. Bonnor-Moris
Hairdresser Polly Young
Special Effects The Trading Post Ltd.
Process Shots Bowie, Margutti & Co. Ltd.
Camera Operator Len Harris
Director of Photography Reginald Wyer
Musical Director Ivor Stanley
Played by The New Symphony Orchestra
Screenplay by Paul Tabori and Richard Landau
Produced by Michael Carreras
Directed by Terence Fisher
Stephen Mitchell Howard Duff
Lisa Frank Eva Bartok
Philip Crenshaw Andrew Osborn
Professor Kelper Philip Leaver
Vanessa Mitchell Cecile Chevreau
Smith Alan Wheatley
General Hays Anthony Ireland
Toby Andrews Michael Medwin
Mrs Rogers Marianne Stone
and with Hugh Moxey and David Horne
This early foray by Hammer into science-fiction is a low budget, and very slow-moving, foretaste of much better things to come. Alan Wheatley, who plays the investigator, Smith, in this film, became a familiar face with audiences of the 1950s when he took the part of the Sheriff of Nottingham in ITC's long-running series "The Adventures of Robin Hood", starring Richard Greene in the title role. Terence Fisher was one of the directors used on the series.
Details were complied viewing the actual film.
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection