1953 Face the Music

Face the Music - 1953

Alternative title: The Black Glove

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 
Produced at Exclusive Studios, Bray, England

Black & White 84 minutes


Jazz trumpeter James Bradley ("Brad") is working in a show at the London Palladium when he meets beautiful night-club singer Maxine Halbard. He takes her back to her flat, but absent-mindedly leaves his trumpet behind when he leaves. The next day the police return it to him - Maxine has been murdered and it seems that he was the last person to see her alive. Now under suspicion of the crime, Brad sets out to clear his name... Watch the Trailer on YouTube


Art Director J. Elder Wills
Editor Maurice Rootes
Production Manager Mickey Delamar
Sound Recording Bill Salter and George Burgess
Assistant Director Jimmy Sangster
Continuity Renee Glynne
Make-up Philip Leakey
Hairdresser Nina Broe
Wardrobe Molly Arbuthnot
Camera Operator Len Harris
Director of Photography Jimmy Harvey
Musical Directors Ivor Slaney and Kenny Baker
Trumpet Theme and Special Arrangements by Kenny Baker
Screenplay by Ernest Borneman 
From the novel "Face the Music" by E. Borneman
Produced by Michael Carreras
Directed by Terence Fisher 


James Bradley Alex Nicol
Barbara Quigley Eleanor Summerfield
Max Margulis John Salew
Johnny Sutherland Paul Carpenter
Maurice Green Geoffrey Keen
Maxine Ann Hanslip
The Inspector Fred Johnson
Bellboy Melvyn Hayes
and with Arthur Lane, Martin Boddey, Paula Byrne and "Kenny Baker's Dozen"


American actor Alex Nicol made one more film for Hammer - "The House Across the Lake" (1954). 
Fred Johnson was another of those character actors who was employed quite regularly by Hammer. His films for them include "The Curse of Frankenstein" (1957), "The Brides of Dracula" (1960) and "Taste of Fear" (1961). He probably had his quietest role in "Taste of Fear", playing a corpse which keeps turning up throughout the film!

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