1949 The Adventures of PC 49

The Adventures of PC49 - 1949

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films 
Recorded by United Programmes

Black & White 67 minutes


The popular BBC Radio bobby on the beat. P.C.49, is given the chance to do a spot of plain clothed sleuthing in his screen debut. Taking the identity of a dead criminal, he tours transport cafes(!) in search of a gang of particularly nasty armed robbers. He eventually bumps into shady character Fingers, who introduces him to the villainous Barney, a top member of the gang. But 49 has bigger fish to fry - he is after the ringleader, a mysterious figure known only as "The Boss". Will our pal Archibald and his plucky girlfriend Joan survive the dangers ahead? Click here to see the full film on YouTube


Screenplay by  Alan Stranks and Vernon Harris
Production Manager Arthur Barnes
Art Director James Mordant
Sound E. Vetter
Camera Operator Moray Grant
Assistant Director Leon Bijou
Make-up Phil Leakey
Continuity Renee Glynne
Hair Stylist Monica Hustler
Supervising Editor Ray Pitt
Musical Directors Frank Spencer and Rupert Grayson
Director of Photography Cedric Williams
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Godfrey Grayson


P.C. Archibald Berkley Willoughby Hugh Latimer
Barney John Penrose
Carrots Annette Simmonds
Ma Brady Pat Nye
Joan Patricia Cutts
Fingers Michael Ripper
Skinny Martin Benson
Inspector Wilson Arthur Brander
Sergeant Wright Eric Phillips
Ted Billy Thatcher


This is the second Hammer film to feature Michael Ripper, the first being "The Dark Road" (1948). Ripper became one of the mainstays of the Company's supporting cast and must hold the record for the Hammer actor with the most number of films to his credit. 
Patricia Cutts appears to have fled the country after this film, popping up years later as Vincent Price's faithless wife in William Castle's notorious 1959 shocker "The Tingler"
. Two other regular names turn up for the first time here - Phil Leakey, later responsible for some memorable gruesome make-up creations, and Moray Grant, Camera Operator and, later, a Director of Photography.

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