1959 Hell is a City

Hell is a City - 1959

An Associated British-Hammer production released through Warner-Pathe Distributors Limited

Copyright MCMLIX by Hammer Film Productions Ltd - All rights reserved 

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional 

RCA Sound Recording 

Produced at Associated British Elstree Studios, England

Black & White 85 mins 



Don Starling, a vicious criminal who has escaped from jail, organises a robbery on a wealthy local Manchester bookmaker, forcing the girl carrying the cash into his getaway car. But things go horribly wrong when the girl is killed and Inspector Martineau sets out to track down his old enemy, who is now wanted for murder. Watch the trailer on YouTube


Art Director Robert Jones
Supervising Editor James Needs
Production Manager Don Weeks
Assistant Director Philip Shipway
Sound Recordists Leslie Hammondand Len Shilton
Editor John Dunsford
Continuity Doreen Dearnaley
Make-up Artist Colin Garde
Hairdresser Pauline Trent
Wardrobe Mistress 'Jacky' Jackson
Assistant Casting Director David Booth
Casting Director Robert Lennard
Camera Operator Moray Grant
Director of Photography Arthur Grant, BSc
Music Composed and Conducted by Stanley Black
Recorded by the Associated British Studios Orchestra
Recording Director A.W. Lumkin
Screenplay by Val Guest
Based on the Novel by Maurice Procter
Produced by Michael Carreras
Directed by Val Guest



Inspector Martineau Stanley Baker
Don Starling John Crawford
Hawkins Donald Pleasence
Julie Martineau Maxine Audley
Chloe Hawkins Billie Whitlaw
Steele Joseph Tomelty
Savage George A. Cooper
Devery Geoffrey Frederick
Lucky Lusk Vanda Godsell
Roach Charles Houston
Jakes Joby Blanshard
Lovett Charles Morgan
Bert Darwin Peter Madden
Bragg Dickie Owen
Cecily Lois Diane
Commercial Traveller Warren Mitchell
Silver Steele Sarah Branch
Sam Alastair Williamson
Superintendent Russell Napier


This gritty police drama caused a bit of a stir back in 1959, thanks to a very brief nude scene featuring Billie Whitelaw. The film enjoys a sufficiently high reputation to have merited a re-release in the cinema in 1998. 
Welshman Sir Stanley Baker was a much respected actor, whose films include Olivier's "Richard III" (1955), "Hell Drivers" (1957) and "The Guns of Navarone" (1961); he also appeared in two other Hammer productions - "Whispering Smith Hits London" (1952) and "Yesterday's Enemy" (1959). However, his greatest moment in the cinema probably came in 1963, when he starred in and co-produced the epic film "Zulu". He died in 1976.

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