The Dark Road - 1948
Alternative title: There is No Escape
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A Marylebone-Hammer Production
Black & White 67 mins
A cheap fiction writer is commissioned to write a crime story which deals with a young boy's gradual decline through lack of parental control.
Art Direction James Marchant
Make-up Harry Duvo
Director of Photography Stanley Clinton
Camera Operator Reg Selley
Music John Bath
Produced by Henry Halsted
Directed by Alfred Goulding
Sidney Robertson Charles Stuart
Anne Joyce Linden
The Chaplin Roddy Hughes
Andy Anderson Michael Ripper
With Farnham Baxter
This was Michael Ripper’s first film for Hammer. As Hammer’s most prolific actor, he went on to appear in 36 of their productions.
The film was based on the career of criminal Stanley Thurston, who appeared in the cast as a character based on himself. Thurston was famous for his numerous escapes from prison, 5 times in 15 years. He was released from prison in October 1946. The film had trouble with the British censors who thought the film glamorised a real life criminal. Thurston had to be billed as "Charles Stuart."
Details were complied viewing the actual film. Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection