1972 Nearest and Dearest

Nearest and Dearest - 1972 

A Hammer / Granada Special Comedy Presentation 

Copyright MCMLXXII 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 Limited  86 mins 


On the death of their father, sparring siblings Nellie and Eli Pledge inherit the family pickling factory. Then, their life is complicated by the arrival on the scene of one Vernon Smallpiece, a con-man who pretends to want to marry Nellie, but is really only interested in her inheritance. Comic (?) mayhem ensues.


Art Director Scott MacGregor
Editor Chris Barnes
Production Manager Ron Jackson
Assistant Director Bill Cartlidge
Sound Recordist Les Hammond
Sound Editor Frank Goulding
Continuity Lorely Farley
Make-up Eddie Knight
Hairdresser Jeanette Freeman
Wardrobe Supervisor Rosemary Burrows
Construction Manager Arthur Banks
Assistant Art Director Don Picton
Dubbing Mixer Gordon McCallum
Casting Director James Liggat
Camera Operator Chick Anstiss
Director of Photography David Holmes, BSc
Music Composed by Derek Hilton
Song "Nearest and Dearest"
......Lyrics by Hylda Baker
......Music by Derek Hilton
......Sung by Hylda Baker
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Screenplay by Tom Brennand and Roy Bottomley
Based on the television series by Vince Powell and Harry Driver
Associate Producer Roy Skeggs
Produced by Michael Carreras
Directed by John Robins


Nellie Pledge Hylda Baker
Eli Pledge Jimmy Jewell
Walter Eddie Malin
Lily Madge Hindle
Stan Joe Gladwin
Vernon Smallpiece Norman Mitchell
Freda Pat Ashton
Bert Bert Palmer
Court Bailiff Peter Madden
Man on Bus Norman Chappell
Mrs Rowbottom Yootha Joyce
Joshua Pledge John Barrett
Club Hostess Carmel Cryan
Scarlet O'Hara Sue Hammer
Vinegar Janie Collinge
Vicar Donald Bisset
Claude Kerry Jewel
Mimi (Stripper) Adele Warren 
Bouncer Nosher Powell


There really is not much to say about this film, except that, like "On the Buses", it is a television spin-off, this time from a Granada TV sitcom. This - unlike "On the Buses" - was not however a box-office success.

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