1967 Quatermass and the Pit

Quatermass and the Pit - 1967

Alternative Title: Five Million Years to Earth

A Hammer Film production presented by Associated British Pathe Limited and released through Wamer-Pathe Distributors Limited (UK) and Twentieth Century-Fox (USA)

Copyright MCMLXVlI Hammer Film Productions ltd, - All rights reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate No. 21860 

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 M,G,M, British Studios, Boreham Wood, Herts

Technicolor 97 mins 


Work on the London Underground at Hobbs End is halted when a strange, dwarf-like skeleton is found. Scientists are called in, headed by Dr Roney, and further diggings reveal something metallic buried in the mud. Thinking it to be an unexploded wartime bomb, Roney informs the Ministry of Defence and Professor Quatermass and Colonel Breen inspect the object. Breen is convinced that the thing is a German secret weapon, but Quatermass suspects something far more sinister. Given the history of the area, where for centuries sightings of 'demons' have been reported, he believes that forces from another world have been at work - forces which could still wreak havoc!

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Supervising Art Director Bernard Robinson
Supervising Editor James Needs
Production Manager Ian Lewis
Editor Spencer Reeve
Assistant Director Bert Batt
Art Director Ken Ryan
Sound Recordist Sash Fisher
Sound Editor Roy Hyde
Continuity Doreen Dearnaley
Make-up Michael Morris
Hair Stylist Pearl Tipaldi
Wardrobe Mistress Rosemary Burrows
Casting Irene Lamb
Special Effects Bowie Films Ltd
Camera Operator Moray Grant
Director of Photography Arthur Grant, BSc
Music Composed by Tristram Cary
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Original Story and Screenplay by Nigel Kneale
Produced by Anthony Nelson Keys
Directed by Roy Ward Baker


Dr Roney James Donald
Professor Quatermass Andrew Keir
Barbara Judd Barbara Shelley
Colonel Breen Julian Glover
Sladden Duncan Lamont
Captain Potter Bryan Marshall
Howell Peter Copley
Minister Edwin Richfield
Police Sergeant Ellis Grant Taylor
Sergeant Cleghorn Maurice Good
Watson Robert Morris
Journalist Sheila Steafel
Sapper West Hugh Futcher
Elderly Journalist Hugh Morton
Vicar Thomas Heathcote
Abbey Librarian Noel Howlett
Pub Customer Hugh Manning
Blonde June Ellis
Johnson Keith Marsh
Corporal Gibson James Clifford
Miss Dobson Bee Duffell
Electrician Roger Avon
Technical Officer Brian Peck
Inspector John Graham
Newsvendor Charles Lamb


This was Roy Ward Baker's first film for Hammer, the others are "The Anniversary" (1968), "Moon Zero Two" (1969), "The Vampire Lovers" (1970), "Scars of Dracula" (1970), "Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde" (1971) and "The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires" (1974). For rivals Amicus, he directed "Asylum" (1972), "...and now the Screaming Starts" (1973) and "The Vault of Horror" (1973). His other work includes "The Monster Club" (1980, with Vincent Price and John Carradine).

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