1954 Five Days

Five Days - 1954

Alternative title: Paid to Kill

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films (UK) and Lippert Films (USA) 
Copyright MCMLIV by Exclusive Films Ltd. 
RCA Sound System 
Produced at Bray Studios

Black & White 72 minutes


When a financial deal arranged by cavalier businessman James Nevill falls through, he faces ruin. Seeing no future for himself, he decides that the least he can do is make sure his wife is well looked after, so he blackmails an old, and shady, acquaintance into killing him; she will then be able to claim against his insurance. The murder is to take place within the next five days, but then the original business deal comes up trumps and he is financially saved. His relief is short-lived, though, when he cannot call off his proposed killer and the attempts on his life begin... Watch the trailer on YouTube


Art Director J. Elder Wills
Editor James Needs
Recordist Bill Salter
Assistant Director Jimmy Sangster
Production Manager John (Pinky) Green
Continuity Splinters Deason
Make-up Phil Leakey
Hairdresser Nina Broe
Camera Operator Leonard Harris
Director of Photography Walter Harvey
Musical Director Ivor Slaney
Original Screenplay by Paul Tabori
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Montgomery Tully


James Nevill Dane aClark
Andrea Nevill Thea Gregory
Paul Kirby Paul Carpenter
Joan Cecile Chevreau
Glanville Anthony Forwood
Cyrus McGowan Howard Marion Crawford
Highson Arthur Young
Bill Charles Hawtrey 


Unusually, Howard Marion Crawford plays a Scot in this film. He is more familiar as the archetypal stiff-upper-lipped English officer and gentleman, as in "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) and as Dr Petrie (Scotland Yard Commissioner Nayland Smith's trusty sidekick) in all five of the "Fu Manchu" films starring Christopher Lee.

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