1949 Celia

Celia - 1949

Edward J. Mason’s popular B.B.C. Feature

A Hammer Fils Production Distributed by Exclusive Films

All characters in this photoplay are ficticious and bear no relation to any real person, living or dead.

Black & White 55 mins


An actress is persuaded by her boyfriend, the head of a private-detective agency, to take a job as a housekeeper in the home of a wealthy elderly woman. It seems that no one has seen the woman for a while, and her new young husband is claiming that she is ill and doesn't want to see anybody and is refusing to let anyone in the house.


Production Manager Arthur Barnes
Assistant Director Leon Bijou
Art Director Denis Wreford
Sound E. Vetter
Supervising Editor Ray Pitt
Cutter R.C. Cox
Continuity Renee Glynne
Make-up Phil Leakey
Hair Stylist Monica Hustler
Hy Hazel’s hats created by Edna Wallace
Other hats by Gertrude Harris
Director of Photography Cedric Williams
Camera Operator Peter Bryan
Musical Directors Frank Spencer and Rupert Grayson
Screenplay by R. Rawlinson, E.J. Mason and Francis Searle
Additional Dialogue by Roy Plomley
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Francis Searle


Celia Hy Hazel 
Larry Peters Bruce Lester 
Lester Martin John Bailey 
Aunt Nora Elsie Wagstaff 
Antonio Ferdy Maine 
Dr. Cresswell Lockwood West 
Mr Haldane John Sharp 
Mrs Haldane Joan Hickson 
Inspector Parker James Raglan 
Miss Arnold Jasmine Dee 
Ruby June Elvin 
Grocer Charles Paton 
Woman in shop Olive Walter 
Woman in shop Grace Denbeigh-Russell 
Desk Seargent Martin Boddy 


Hy Hazel also appeared in Hammer’s 1950 film “The Lady Craved Excitement”. Her last role was in Marty Feldman’s “Every Home Should Have One” (1970). She was called Britain’s answer to Betty Grable and was described as having “the longest legs in showbusiness”.  She died on May 10 1970, at the age of 50, when she choked on a steak whilst dining at a Westminster restaurant. Roy Plomley, who was credited with additional dialogue here, also co-wrote Hammer's "Doctor Morelle and the Case of the Missing Heiress" (1949). He also devised the BBC Radio show "Desert Island Discs" presenting 1791 editions over a 43 year period.
Filming Location: Dial Close Court, (a large 23 bedroomed country house) at Winter Hill, Cookham, Berkshire, England, UK was used as the mansion. This house was also used by Hammer in "Dr Morelle: The Case of the Missing Heiress" (1949), and "The Adventures of P.C. 49: Investigating the Case of the Guardian Angel" (1949) 


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