1972 Thats Your Funeral

That's Your Funeral - 1972

A Hammer Special Comedy Presentation presented by The Rank Orgarlisation and released through Rank Film Distributors Limited 

Copyright MCMLXXlI Hammer Film Productions Limited - 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 

Westrex Recording System 

Made at Pinewood Studios, London, England

Processed at Rank Film laboratories 81 mins


Intense competition flares when the old established firm of Holroyds finds itself challenged by a rival funeral director who has set up shop almost on their doorstep. As chaos descends over the corpses, coffins and cremations, it transpires that the new business is really a cover for a cannabis smuggling operation. Then, things really start going to pot!!



Production Supervisor Roy Skeggs
Art Director Scott MacGregor
Editor Archie Ludski, GBFE
Production Manager Ron Jackson
Assistant Director Bill Cartlidge
Sound Recordist Les Hammond
Sound Editor Jimmy Groom
Continuity Leonora Hail
Make-up Eddie Knight
Hairdresser Jeannette Freeman
Wardrobe Supervisor Rosemary Burrows
Construction Manager Arthur Banks
Assistant Art Director Don Picton
Dubbing Mixer Ken Barker
Casting Director James Liggat
Camera Operator Chick Anstiss
Director of Photography David Holmes, BSc
Music Composed by David Whitaker
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Screenplay by Peter Lewis
Produced by Michael Carreras
Directed by John Robins


Basil Bulstrode Bill Fraser
Emanuel Holroyd Raymond Huntley
Percy David Battley
Smallbody John Roane
Soul Dennis Price
Miss Peach Sue Lloyd
Simmonds Richard Wattis
Purvis Roy Kinnear
Grimthorpe Dudley Foster
Town Clerk Frank Thornton
Arthur (Railway) Michael Ripper
Lord Lieutenant Geoffrey Sumner
Arthur (Funeral Director) Bob Todd
Mayor John Sharp
Window Dresser Hugh Paddick
1st Funeral Director Peter Copley
Pusher Eric Barker
2nd Funeral Director Michael Robbins
Porter Ken Parry
Parson George Howe
Witherspoon Clifford Mollison
Policeman (Crematorium) Anthony Sagar
Jenkins Tommy  Mann
Council Chairman Michael Segal
Butler George Roderick
2nd Policeman (Motorway) John J. Carney
1st Policeman (Motorway) Michael Sharvell-Martin
Partner Claire Ruane
Invalid Harry Brunning
Petrol Pump Attendant Geraldine Burnett
Grimthorpe's Driver Stacy Davies
Man with Car (Petrol Station) Michael Knowles
Pensioner Verne Morgan
Reporter James Ware


Bearing in mind their history, it was probably the subject matter of this tasteless, would-be comedy which appealed to Hammer. It cannot possibly have been the television series on which it was based, which could hardly be described as popular given that only six episodes (plus a pilot) were ever made by the BBC!
 The film's main interest now is that the opening titles include shots of the production crew behind their credits.
This is comedy actor Eric Barker's last film appearance. His awkward gait, by the way, is not put on, but is the legacy of a stroke he had suffered some years before.
This also marks Michael Ripper's last appearance in a Hammer film.

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