1973 Man at the Top

Man at the Top - 1973

A Hammer production in association with Durton Films presented by Nat Cohen for Anglo-EMI Film Distributors Limited Copyright MCMLXXIII Hammer Film Productions Limited - All rights reserved
MPAA Approved Certificate No. 23662

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

Made at EMI/MGM Elstree Studios Boreham Wood, Hertfordshire, England

Technicolor 88 mins


Hard-nosed businessman Joe Lampton is appointed to replace an executive in a pharmaceutical company who has just committed suicide. But, as soon as he takes up his post, he begins to uncover evidence that a new drug being marketed by the company and tested n Africa is unsafe and it seems that he has been set up as a scapegoat if any scandal breaks. Lampton has to use all his guile to survive in the wild jungle of big business.


Production Supervisor Roy Skeggs
Art Director Don Picton
Editor Chris Barnes
Production Manager Ron Jackson
Assistant Director Ken Baker
Sound Recordist Claude Hitchcock
Sound Editor Terry Poulton
Continuity Sally Ball
Make-up George Blackler
Hairdresser Elaine Bowerbank
Wardrobe Supervisor Laura Nightingale
Construction Manager Arthur Banks
Dubbing Mixer Denis Whitlock
Casting Director James Liggat
Camera Operator Chic Anstiss
Director of Photography Brian Probyn, BSc
Music Composed and Conducted by Roy Budd
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Screenplay by Hugh Whitemore
Additional material by John Junkin
Based on characters created by John Braine
Produced by Peter Charlesworth and Jock Jacobsen
Directed by Mike Vardy


Joe Lampton Kenneth Haig
Alex Nanette Newman
Lord Ackerman Harry Andrews
Marshall William Lucas
Massey Clive Swift
Tarrant Paul Williamson
Wisbech John Collin
Digby John Quentin
Weston Danny Sewell
George Harvey Charlie Williams
Mrs Harvey Anne Cunningham
Joyce Angela Bruce
Eileen Margaret Heald
Taranath Jaran Yaltan
Newsreader Tim Brinton
Sarah Tarrant Norma West
Robin Mary Maude
Black Boxer John Conteh
Waitress Nell Brennan
White Boxer Patrick McCann
Referee George Francis
Records Clerk Verne Morgan


This is the only one of Hammer's television spin-offs at this time not to be derived from a comedy. 
The character Joe Lampton had already appeared twice in the cinema, both times played by Laurence Harvey, in "Room at the Top" (1958) and "Life at the Top" (1965).

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