1953 The Flanagan Boy

The Flanagan Boy - 1953

Alternative title: Bad Blonde

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films (UK) and Lippert Films (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

Black & White 81 minutes


Sharkey and his mate Charlie run a boxing booth in a funfair, where a young merchant seaman named Johnny Flanagan impresses them with his skill in the ring. They persuade promoter Giuseppe Vecchi to back Johnny and soon he is on the way to the top of his sport. But disaster follows when he embarks on an affair with Vecchi's beautiful, but scheming wife, an affair which ends in murder! Watch the trailer on YouTube


Art Director Wilfred Arnold
Editor James Needs
Dialogue Director Patrick Jenkins
Recordist Bill Salter
Assistant Director Jimmy Sangster
Production Manager John (Pinky) Green
Continuity Renee Glynne
Make-up Phil Leakey
Hairdresser Nina Broe
Camera Operator Leonard Harris
Director of Photography Walter Harvey, BSc
Music Composed & Conducted by Ivor Slaney
Recorded by The New Symphony Orchestra
Screenplay by Guy Elmes
Adaptation by Richard Landau
Based on the novel by Max Catto
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Reginald Le Borg 


Lorna Barbara Payton
Giuseppe Vecchi Frederick Valk
Sharkey Sidney James
Charlie John Slater
Johnny Flanagan (introducing) Tony Wright
Mrs Vecchi Marie Burke
Mrs Corelli Selma Vaz Dias
Police Inspector George Woodbridge
Mr Corelli Enzo Coticchia
Barmaid Bettina Dickson 


Hollywood director Reginald Le Borg's previous credits include the 1943 Universal horror film "The Mummy's Ghost", starring Lon Chaney, Jr. 
Character actor George Woodbridge appears as a police inspector in this film. His Cornish accents have infiltrated most of Europe for Hammer over the years, for instance the Carpathians in "Dracula" (1958) and "Dracula - Prince of Darkness" (1966), Germany in "The Revenge of Frankenstein" (1958), Spain in "The Curse of the Werewolf" (1961) and even Cornwall in "The Reptile" (1966)!

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