1961 The Damned

The Damned - 1961

Alternative Title: These are the Damned

A Hammer production released by Columbia Pictures 

Copyright MCMLXI Swallow Productions Ltd. - All right, reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate 

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

RCA Sound Recording 

Produced at Bray Studios, England

Black & White 86 mins Hammerscope 


American Simon Wells, on holiday in Weymouth, is set upon and beaten up by a motorbike gang led by the psychotic King. Later, Wells puts out to sea, taking with him King's sister, Joan. Pursued by King and the gang, they take refuge in an isolated cove, where they stumble upon a top secret establishment in which radioactive children are being raised to safeguard the future of the human race after a nuclear holocaust. Watch the trailer on YouTube



Editor Reginald Mills
Production Manager Don Weeks
Assistant Director John Peverall
Sound Recordist Jock May
Sound Editor Malcolm Cooke
Continuity Pamela Davies
Make-up Artist Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist Frieda Steiger
Wardrobe Supervisor Molly Arbuthnot
Casting Stuart Lyons
Sculpture Frink
Camera Operator Anthony Heller
Director of Photography Arthur Grant, BSC
Music Composer James Bernard
Musical Supervisor John Hollingsworth
Screenplay by Evan Jones
Based on the novel "The Children of Light" by H.L. Lawrence
Associate Producer Anthony Nelson Keys
Executive Producer Michael Carreras
Producer Anthony Hinds
Director Joseph Losey


Simon Wells MacDonald Carey
Joan Shirley Ann Field
Freya Nielson Viveca Lindfors
Bernard Alexander KnoxL
King Oliver Reed
Major Holland Walter Gotell
Mr Dingle Brian Oulton
Sid Kenneth Cope
Captain Gregory James Villiers
Ted Thomas Kempinski
Miss Lamont Barbara Everest
Mr Stuart Alan Mc Clellend
Mr Talbot James Maxwell
Victoria Rachel Clay
Elizabeth Caroline Sheldon
Anne Rebecca Dignam
Mary Siobahn TaylorI
Richard Nicholas Clay
Henry Kit Williams
William Christopher Witty
George David Palmer
Charles John Thompson


This highly off-beat production proved something of a headache and it was two years before it came down off the shelf and was released in an unsuccessful double bill with Hammer's "Maniac" (1963).
There is no credit for Production Designer on the film, but sources name Bernard Robinson as the most likely candidate for the job.

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