1948 The Dark Road

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
Recording Leevers-Rich
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
Cyril Chamberlain 
Sydney Bromley 
Gale Douglas 
Veronica Rose 
MacKenzie Ward
Patricia Hicks 
Gerald Pring 
Roy Russell 
Anthony Holles 
David Keir 
Frank Forsyth
Rory McDermot 
Joanna Carter 


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