1957 The Camp on Blood Island

The Camp on Blood Island - 1957

A Hammer production released by Columbia Pictures 

Copyright MCMLVII by Hammer Film Productions Ltd. - Ail rights reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate No. 18790 

All characters and incidents portrayed and the names used are fictitious

RCA Sound Recording 

Black & White 81 Mins



Opening title:- "This is not just a story - it is based on the brutal truth". In Japanese-occupied Malaya, the World War II prisoner-of-war camp on the aptly named Blood Island is governed by the brutally sadistic regime of Colonel Yamamitsu, who has sworn that, if Japan loses the war, then he will slaughter every single prisoner in both the men's and the neighbouring women's camps. When Colonel Lambert, the senior officer among the prisoners, learns through their secret communications system that the war is over and the Allies are victorious, it becomes imperative for the truth to be kept from Yamamitsu long enough for the liberating troops to arrive..... Watch the film on YouTube


Art Director John Stoll
Supervising Editor James Needs
Production Manager Arnold Brettell
Assistant Director Robert Lynn
Editor Bill Lenny
Sound Recordist Jock May
Re-recording Ken Cameron
Property Master Tom Money
Continuity Doreen Dearnaley
Make-up Tom Smith
Hairdresser Henry Montsash
Wardrobe Molly Arbuthnot
Camera Operator Len Harris
Director of Photography Jack Asher, BSc
Music Composed by Gerard Schurmann
Conducted John Hollingsworth
Screenplay by Jon Manchip White and Val Guest
Story by Jon Manchip White
Associate Producer Anthony Nelson-Keys
Executive Producer Michael Carreras
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Val Guest 


Colonel Lambert Andre Morell
"Dutch" Carl Mohner
Major Dawes Edward Underdown
Cyril Beattie Walter Fitzgerald
Lieutenant Bellamy Phil Brown
Kate Keiller Barbara Shelley
Father Anjou Michael Goodlife
Dr Keiller Richard Wordsworth
Colonel Yamamitsu Ronald Rädd
Shields Michael Gwynn
Captain Sakamura Marne Maitland
Interpreter Wolfe Morris
Helen Beattie Mare Merall
Driver Michael Ripper
Sergeant Edwin Richfield
Betts Barry Lowe
Hallam Max Butterfield
Jap Officer Lee Montague
Mala Lillian Sottane
Thornton Peter Wayn
First Prisoner Jack McNaughton
Davis Michael Brill
Nurse Jan Holden
Women Prisoners Betty Cooper, Anne Ridler, Barbara Lee, Grace Denbeigh-Russell
Sick Prisoner Jacqueline Curtis


Publicised as Hammer's 50th film, this graphic depiction of the brutal ill-treatment of POWs by their Japanese captors sparked considerable controversy on its release, coming so soon after the events portrayed. These days the film is rarely given an airing, probably for similar reasons. Hammer eventually (in 1965) produced a sequel, "The Secret of Blood Island", which is now equally rarely seen.

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