1961 Shadow of the Cat

Shadow  of the Cat - 1961

A John Penington Production presented by B.H.P.Films

Copyright MCMLXI by B.H.P.  Films Ltd. All rights reserved

MPAA Approved

All characters and incidents portrayed, and the names used herewith are ficticious and the similarity to any names, characters or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional

Westrex Sound System

A B.H.P. Film produced at Bray Studios, England

Black & White 86 mins


A female house cat sees her mistress murdered by her husband and two servants, and becomes ferociously bent on revenge.


Music Composed and Conducted by Mikis Theodorakis
Director of Photography Arthur Grant BSc
Production Designer Bernard Robinson
Editor John Pomeroy
Art Director Don Mingaye
Production Manager Don Weeks
Assistant Director John Peverall
Camera Operator Len Harris
Sound Recordists Jock May and Ken Cameron
Sound Editor Alban Streeter
Make Up Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist Frieda Steiger
Wardrobe Supervisor Molly Arbuthnot
Casting Stuart Lyons
Special Effects Les Bowie
Cat trained by John Holmes
Written by Geoge Baxt
Produced by Jon Penington
Directed by John Gilling


Walter Venable Andre Morell
Beth Vanable Barbara Shelley
Jacob Venable William Lucas
Clara, the Maid Freda Jackson
Michael Latimer Conrad Phillips
Edgar Venable Richard Warner
Louise Venable Vanda Godsell
Inspector Rowles Alan Wheatley
Andrew, the Butler Andrew Crawford
The Grandfather Kynaston Reeves
Ella Venable Catherine Lacey


Although Hammer do not appear in the credits, this was clearly a Hammer Production. Not only was it filmed at Bray Studios, but many of the production crew were Hammer faithfuls, and all but one of the credited cast (Andrew Crawford) had worked (or were to work) for the company in a combined total of 28 other productions. Alan Wheatley played the Sherriff of Notingham in ITC’s series “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1960's), he also played Temmosus in BBC TV’s Doctor Who (1964), becoming the first character to be killed by a Dalek!

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