1953 Blood Orange

Blood Orange - 1953

Alternative title: Three Stops to Murder

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films (UK) and Astor (USA) 
Copyright 1953 by Exclusive Films Ltd. 
All characters in this photoplay are fictitious and bear no resemblance to any real person, living or dead 
RCA Sound System 
Produced at Exclusive Studios, Bray

Black & White 76 minutes


Private Detective Tom Conway is hired by jeweller Mercedes to investigate the theft of jewels from a London fashion house. But things take a sinister turn when two women, model Chelsea and the elderly Lady Marchant, are murdered, both while wearing a newly designed dress called "Blood Orange". Conway suspects there must be a connection linking the crimes.


Art Director J. Elder Wills
Editor Maurice Rootes
Production Manager Mickey Delamar
Dialogue Director Molly Terraine
Assistant Director Jimmy Sangster
Continuity Renee Glynne
Sound Recording Bill Salter and George Burgess
Make-up Philip Leakey
Hairdresser Nina Broe
Special Gowns Created by Ben Pearson
Production Facilities kindly granted by Worth (London) Ltd
Wardrobe Mistress Molly Arbuthnot
Fur Models by Molly
Camera Operator Len Harris
Director of Photography Jimmy Harvey
Musical Director Ivor Slaney
Played by The New Symphony Orchestra
Original Screenplay by Jan Read
Produced by Michael Carreras
Directed by Terence Fisher


Tom Conway Tom Conway
Helen Pascall Mila Parely
Gina Naomi Chance
Mercedes Eric Pohlmann
Captain Simpson Andrew Osborn
Macleod Richard Wattis
Fernande Eileen Way
Lady Marchant Margaret Halstan
Chelsea Delphi Lawrence
Eddie Michael Ripper
Detective Sergeant Thomas Heathcote


For some reason, Tom Conway, who was the brother of fellow actor George Sanders, plays a character in this film called - Tom Conway! This was his only feature for Hammer, although he later narrated the featurette "Copenhagen" (1956) for them. In the 1940's he acted in horror films for RKO producer Val Lewton, such as "Cat People" (1942), "I Walked with a Zombie" and "The Seventh Victim" (both 1943), as well as playing the detective character 'The Falcon', a part he inherited from his brother, in a series of second features also for RKO. In 1956, he appeared in the Grade-Z American International schlock horror movies, "Voodoo Woman" and "The She-Creature".

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection