1955 The Quatermass Xperiment

The Quatermass Xperiment

Alternative titles: The Creeping Unknown; The Quatermass Experiment

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films (UK) and United Artists (USA)
Copyright MCMLV by Exclusive Films Ltd. 
"The Producers wish to thank the following for their co-operation - B.B.C. Television Service, The Air Ministry, Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company, The British Interplanetary Society, The Port of London Authority, General Radiological Limited" 
Produced at Bray Studios

Black & White 82 minutes


A rocket ship returns to earth with two of its crew missing, their space suits empty, and the third in a state of collapse, unable to tell anyone what has happened. He is rushed to the headquarters of Professor Quatermass, the leader of the space programme, where tests reveal he is undergoing some sort of change. As both Quatermass's and the police investigations proceed, the astronaut escapes from hospital and his metamorphosis accelerates, transforming him into a rampaging alien life form which threatens to destroy all life on earth... Watch the trailer on YouTube


Art Director J. Elder Wills 
Editor James Needs 
Special Effects Les Bowie 
Production Manager T.S. Lyndon-Haynes 
Recordist H.C. Pearson 
Assistant Director Bill Shore 
Continuity Renee Glynne 
Make-up Phil Leakey 
Hairdresser Monica Hustler 
Wardrobe Molly Arbuthnot 
Camera Operator Len Harris 
Director of Photography Walter Harvey, BSc 
Music Composed by James Bernard 
Conducted by John Hollingsworth 
Screenplay by Richard Landau and Val Guest 
Based on the B.B.C. Television play by Nigel Kneale
Produced by Anthony Hinds 
Directed by Val Guest


 Professor Quatermass Brian Donlevy 
Inspector Lomax by arrangement with J.Arthur Rank Organisation Jack Warner 
Judith Marcia Dean 
Victor Richard Wordsworth 
Briscoe David King Wood 
Rosie Thora Hird 
TV Producer Gordon Jackson 
Christie Harold Lang 
Blake Lionel Jeffries 
Marsh Maurice Kaufmann 
Desk Sergeant Sam Kidd


With this taut sci-fi thriller, Hammer at last found the direction which would lead them to their eminent place in cinema history. Two more of the team which would help them get there play a prominent role in the production of this film - Les Bowie, special effects wizard, and James Bernard, whose distinctive music would accompany so many of Hammer's great moments of suspense and terror. 
In a scenario reminiscent of a Hammer horror film, Jack Warner's character George Dixon, who was shot and killed in Ealing's "The Blue Lamp" (1949), was resurrected from the dead and haunted television screens for many years in the BBC TV series "Dixon of Dock Green".

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