1949 Doctor Morelle and the Case of the Missing Heiress

Doctor Morelle and the Case of the Missing Heiress - 1949

A Hammer - Edward G, Whiting production released by Exclusive Films. 

Emest Dudleys famous character of "Monday Night at Eight". Adapted from a play by Wilfred Burr.

Recorded by United Programmes 

Black & White 73 minutes


Heiress Cynthia Mason disappears in mysterious circumstances just as she is about to come into her inheritance and elope with her boyfriend, Peter Lorimer. Worried by her disappearance, her friend Miss Frayle, who is also assistant to amateur detective Doctor Morelle, takes it upon herself to investigate. Masquerading as a housemaid, Miss Frayle travels to Cynthia's remote West Country mansion home, where she encounters her friend's intimidating, wheelchair-bound stepfather, Mr Kimber.

Miss Frayle soon finds herself out of her depth and, when Bensall, the butler, is murdered and she finds her own life to be in danger, she makes a desperate telephone call to her boss, Doctor Morelle, begging him for help... Watch the full film on Vimeo 


Screenplay by Roy Plomley and Ambrose Grayson
Production Manager Arthur Barnes
Assistant Director Bob Jones
Editor Ray Pitt
Camera Operator Peter Bryan
Make-up Marjorie Green
Hair Stylist B. Hollis
Continuity E. Chapman
Sound Recordist Vetter
Musical Directors Frank Spencer and Rupert Grayson
Director of Photography Cedric Williams
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Godfrey Grayson


Doctor Morelle Valentine Dyall
Miss Frayle Julia Lang
Bensall Hugh Griffith
Kimber Philip Leaver
Cynthia Mason Jean Lodge
Peter Lorimer Peter Drury
Inspector Sidney Vivian
with John Sharp


With his distinctive, deep, resonant voice, Valentine Dyall was often called on to play sinister roles, including those of Dr Fell in Hammer's "Room to Let" (1949), long dead warlock Jethrow Keane in "The City of the Dead" (1960 with Christopher Lee), grim caretaker Dudley in Robert Wise's "The Haunting" (1963) and, in later years, The Black Guardian in BBC TV's "Doctor Who".
 Hugh Griffith, who plays the butler, Bensall, in this film, went on to win a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1959 for his role as Sheikh Ilderim in the epic movie "Ben Hur".

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