1966 The Reptile

The Reptile - 1966

A Seven Arts-Hammer film production presented by Associated British Pathe Limited and released through Warner-Pathe Distributors Limited (UK) and Twentieth Century Fox (USA) 

Copyright MCMlXVl Hammer Film Productions Ltd, - All rights reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate 

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 System 

Produced at Bray Studios, England 

Technicolor 91 mins


When Harry Spalding's brother, Charles, dies in mysterious circumstances, he moves with his wife Valerie down to Cornwall to the little cottage he has inherited. But they find the locals superstitious and unfriendly - all, that is, except innkeeper Tom Bailey and an eccentric old man, known as Mad Peter, who tells them of strange, ghostly sounds on the moors and of the death that always accompanies them. Then, later that very night, Harry and Valerie are horrified to find Peter on their doorstep, dying, his face black and swollen, his eyes bulging and his mouth frothing, as if something very venomous has bitten him.....

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Production Designer Bernard Robinson
Supervising Editor James Needs
Production Manager George Fowler
Editor Roy Hyde
Assistant Director Bill Cartlidge
Art Director Don Mingaye
Sound Recordist William Bulkley
Sound Editor Roy Baker
Continuity Lorna Selwyn
Make-up Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist Frieda Steiger
Wardrobe Rosemary Burrows
Special Effects Bowie Films Ltd
Camera Operator Moray Grant
Director of Photography Arthur Grant, BSc
Music Composed by Don Banks
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Screenplay by John Elder
Produced by Anthony Nelson Keys
Directed by John Gilling


Dr Franklyn Noel Willman
Valerie Jennifer Daniel
Harry Ray Barrett
Tom Bailey Michael Ripper
Mad Peter John Laurie
Anna Jacqueline Pearce
Malay Marne Maitland
Charles Spalding David Baron
Vicar Charles Lloyd-Pack
Solicitor Harold Goldblatt
Old Garnsey George Woodbridge


Ray Barrett was well-known to television audiences in the mid-sixties as the star of the BBC's "The Troubleshooters".
 Scottish actor John Laurie had been in films for many years - among his early roles was that of Peggy Ashcroft's crofter husband in Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" (1935). Later, he became a household face as the ever-pessimistic Private "We're all doomed!" Fraser in BBC TV's classic sit-com "Dad's Army".

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