1950 The Man in Black

The Man in Black - 1950

A Hammer Production of The B.B.C. Sensation

United Programmes Sound System

Black & White 72 mins


Henry Clavering suspects his second wife Bertha is trying to drive his daughter (by his first marriage) insane, to stop her inheriting his money. He decides to use his yoga skills to pretend to be dead, and thereby expose her villainy.


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Production Manager Arthur Barnes
Assistant Director Jimmy Sangster
Editor John Ferris
Art Director Denis Wreford
Continuity Renee Glynne
Recordist Edgar Vetter
Make-up Phil Leakey
Hair Stylist Monica Hustler
Casting Prudence Sykes
Housecoat by Jeager
Director of Photography Cedric Williams
Camera Operator Peter Bryan
Musical Directors Frank Spencer and Rupert Grayson
Screenplay by John Gilling
Original Story by Francis Searle
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Francis Searle


The Man in Black - Storyteller Valentine Dyall
Henry Clavering/Hodson Sidney James 
Bertha Clavering Betty Ann Davis
Janice Sheila Burrell 
Joan Hazel Penwarden 
Victor Anthony Forwood 
Mrs. Carter Courtney Hope 
Sandford Lawrence Baskcombe 
Elsie Mollie Palmer 
Doctor Gerald Case


Sheila Burrell aloso appeared for Hammer in “Cloudburst” (1951), “The Rossiter Case” (1951),  “Women Without Men”(1956) and “Paranoiac” (1963).

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