1959 Yesterdays Enemy

Yesterdays Enemy - 1959

A Hammer film production released by Columbia Pictures 

Copyright MCMLIX by Hammer Film Productions Ltd. - All rights reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate No. 19316 

All characters and incidents portrayed and the names used are fictitious

Westrex Recording System 

Produced at Shepperton and Bray Studios, England 

Black & White 95 mins 


A squad of British soldiers, lost in the Burmese jungle during World War II, comes across a Japanese-occupied village. After a short battle, the British capture the village and also take prisoner a suspicious character, who Captain Langford is convinced is a paid informer for the Japanese. Initially, the man will not talk, but after Langford has had two innocent hostages shot to demonstrate his determination, he reveals the plans for a Japanese advance. Langford resolves that the information must at all costs be got to British headquarters, but the execution of the hostages provokes a bitter quarrel over the methods Langford is prepared to go to to attain his ends....Watch the trailer on YouTube



Production Supervisor Tommy Lyndon-Haynes
Production Designer Bernard Robinson
Supervising Editor James Needs
Assistant Director John Peverall
Editor Alfred Cox
Sound Recordists Buster Ambler and Red Law
Sound Editor Roy Hyde
Sound Supervisor John Cox
Continuity Beryl Booth
Make-up Artist Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist Henry Montsash
Wardrobe Mistress Molly Arbuthnot
Camera Operator Len Harris
Director of Photography Arthur Grant, BSc
Written by Peter R. Newman
Produced by Michael Carreras
Directed by Val Guest


Captain Langford Stanley Baker
Padre Guy Rolfe
Max Leo McKern
Sergeant MacKenzie Gordon Jackson
Doctor David Oxley
2nd Lieutenant Hastings Richard Pasco
Brigadier Russell Waters
Yamazaki Philip Ahn
Dawson Bryan Forbes
Informer Wolf Morris
Perkins David Lodge
Wilson Percy Herbert
Japanese Soldier Burt Kwouk
and with Barry Lowe


Hammer's war films (cf. "The Steel Bayonet", "The Camp on Blood Island") tended to examine the more controversial aspects of warfare and in this film the unpopular idea is suggested that the British were just as capable of committing atrocities as anyone else!
Actor Guy Rolfe also worked for Hammer in "The Stranglers of Bombay" (1959). For outrageous director William Castle, he starred in "Mr Sardonicus" (1961). Interestingly, this film is probably the only Hammer production to have no musical accompaniment whatsoever. (1967's "The Anniversary", whilst having none during the action, does have music to accompany the opening and closing titles).

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