1967 The Anniversary

The Anniversary - 1967

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

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 Recording 

Made at the Elstree Studios of Associated British Productions Limited, Herts, England

Technicoior 95 mins


Every year, obsessively domineering matriarch Mrs Taggart gathers round her the members of her family to celebrate her anniversary. But, it is not a time for celebration, more an occasion for all the bottled-up frustrations and hatred to bubble to the surface - and heaven help any one of them who has ideas for the future which do not fit in with Mother's plans!

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Production Designed by Reece Pemberton
Supervising Editor James Needs, GBFE
Production Manager Victor Peck
Assistant Director Bert Batt
Editor Peter Weatherley, GBFE
Sound Recordist Les Hammond
Sound Editor Charles Crafford, GBFE
Continuity June Randall
Make-up George Partleton
Hairdresser A.G. Scott
Wardrobe Mary Gibson
Recording Supervisor A.W. Lumkin
Camera Operator Gerry Anstiss
Director of Photography Harry Waxman, BSc
Title music played by The New Vaudeville Band
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Screenplay by Jimmy Sangster
From the stage play by Bill MacIlwraith
Produced by Jimmy Sangster
Directed by Roy Ward Baker


Mrs Taggart Bette Davis
Karen Taggart Sheila Hancock
Terry Taggart Jack Hedley
Henry Taggart James Cossins
Shirley Blair Elaine Taylor
Tom Taggart Christian Roberts
Mr Bird Timothy Bateson
and with Sally-Jane Spencer, Arnold Diamond, Albert Shepherd and Ralph Watson


Roy Ward Baker was brought in to replace the original director Alvin Rakoff, with whom Bette Davis apparently found it impossible to work.
 Character actor James Cossins also appeared for Hammer in "The Lost Continent" (1968), "The Horror of Frankenstein" (1970), "Blood from the Mummy's Tomb" (1971) and "Fear in the Night" (1972).

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