1959 Ten Seconds to Hell

Ten Seconds to Hell - 1959

A Hammer-Seven Arts production released by United Artists Copyright 1959 by Hammer Film Productions Ltd.

MPAA Approved Certificate No. 19235 

Klangfilm-Eurocord Sound System 

Processed at Universum Film AG, Berlin 

Made in the U.F.A. Film Studios, Tempelhof, Berlin

Black & White 93 mins 


In Berlin after the war, a group of bomb-disposal experts pay into a kitty, with the agreement that the last surviving member of the team will collect the lot. One by one, their numbers dwindle.....Watch the full film on Dailymotion


Production Designer Ken Adam
Supervising Editor James Needs
Editor Henry Richardson
Sound Editor Roy Hyde
Production Managers Basil Keys and George Mohr
Sound Recording Heinz Garbowski
Continuity Phyllis Crocker
Assistant Directors Rene Dupont and Frank Winterstein
Wardrobe Molly Arbuthnot
Camera Operators
Len Harris and Herbert Geier
Director of Photography Ernest Laszlo
Music Composed by Kenneth V. Jones
Musical Director John Hollingsworth
Screenplay by Robert Aldrich and Teddi Sherman
From the novel "The Phoenix" by Lawrence P. Bachmann
Produced by Michael Carreras
Directed by Robert Aldrich


Karl Wirtz Jeff Chandler
Eric Koertner Jack Palance
Margot Hofer Martine Carol
Loeffler Robert Cornthwaite
Tillig Dave Willock
Sulke Wes Addy
Major Haven Richard Wattis
and with Virginia Baker and Jimmy Goodwin


American Robert Aldrich went on to make a rod for his own back when he directed Hollywood 'grandes dames' Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the magnificently over-the-top shocker "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962). It was an experience he even tried to repeat in 1964 with "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte", but Crawford backed out after shooting had begun and was replaced by Olivia de Havilland. Aldrich's other films include "The Dirty Dozen" (1967), "The Killing of Sister George" (1968) and, as producer only, "Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice?" (1969). He died in 1984. 
Jack Palance played the part of Dracula in a TV movie of 1973. His other ventures into fantasy include Amicus's "Torture Garden" (1967, with Peter Cushing) and "Godzilla versus the Cosmic Monster" (1976). More recently, he appeared in "Batman" (1989).

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