1951 The Dark Light

The Dark Light – 1951

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films 

Opening credit:- “We gratefully acknowledge the kind co-operation of the Elder Brethren of Trinity House, the Royal Navy at H.M. Dockyard, Portsmouth and in particular the keepers of the Nab Tower Lighthouse in the making of this picture.”

Black & White 66 minutes

Storyline

The Thimble Rock Lighthouse is discovered by the crew of a passing vessel, its light out, completely deserted apparently in a hurry, a warm teapot still on the table – echoes of the Marie Celeste! What on earth could have happened? In flashback, the strange story unfolds; a story of a brave lighthouse crew and a gang of bank robbers, on the run from the law, plucked by them from the sea

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Crew

Written and Directed by
Assistant Director
Editor
Casting
Continuity
Recordist
Chief Technician
Musical Director
Director of Photography
In Charge of Production
Produced by

Vernon Sewell
John Arnold
Francis Bieber
Prudence Sykes
Doris Martin
John Bramall
Jack Curtis
Frank Spencer
Moray Grant
Anthony Hinds
Michael Carreras

Cast

Mark
Johnny
Rigby
Luigi
Matt
Linda
Joan
Roger

Albert Lieven
David Greene
Norman MaCowan
Martin Benson
Jack Stewart
Catherine Blake
Joan Carol
John Harvey

Footnotes

Although he had worked for Exclusive for some years, this is the first film to credit Michael Carreras as Producer. Vernon Sewell was a journeyman director whose only other films for Hammer were “The Jack of Diamonds” (1949) and “The Black Widow (1951). Much later on, for Tony Tenser’s Tigon company, he directed “The Blood Beast Terror” (1967, with Peter Cushing) and “Curse of the Crimson Altar” (1968, with Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee). His many other films include the modest but eerie ghost story “House of Mystery” (1961) and “Some May Live” (1966, with Peter Cushing).


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