1949 Room to Let

Room to Let - 1949 

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films 
United Programmes Sound System 
Adapted from the B.B.C. feature by Margery Allingham

Black & White 63 minutes


To help make ends meet, the Musgrave family decides to rent out one of their rooms. A lodger arrives in the shape of Doctor Fell, a grim, rather menacing man, who soon begins to dominate the household. As time passes, his increasingly peculiar behaviour, together with the map of Whitechapel and the surgical instruments found in his room, raises suspicions that the Musgraves have none other than Jack the Ripper living in their house! Listen to the title music on YouTube


Screenplay by John Gilling and Godfrey Grayson
Production Manager Arthur Barnes
Assistant Director Jimmy Sangster
Continuity Renee Glynne
Art Director Denis Wreford
Recordist E. Vetter
Make-up Phil Leakey
Hair Stylist Monica Hustler
Dress Designer Myra Cullimore
Casting Prudence Sykes
Editor James Needs
Cutter Alfred Cox
Camera Operator Peter Bryan
Music Composed and Conducted by Frank Spencer
Director of Photography Cedric Williams
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Godfrey Grayson


Curly Minter Jmmy Hanley
Doctor Fell Valentine Dyall
Mrs Musgrave Christine Silver
Alice Merle Tottenham
Molly Musgrave introducing Constance Smith
Mike Atkinson Charles Hawtrey
Harding Aubrey Dexter
J.J. J.A. La Penna
Sergeant Reginald Dyson
P.C. Smith Charles Mander
Mansfield Cyril Conway
Editor Lawrence Naismith
Atkinson John Clifford
Porter Stuart Saunders
Tom Charles Houston
Matron Harriet Petworth
Butler F.A. Williams


The cast includes Charles Hawtrey, who became one of the stalwarts of the "Carry On" films. He also worked for Hammer in "Five Days" (1954). Three more names appear in Hammer credits for the first time here - John Gilling, Jimmy Sangster and James Needs, the Editor who was to piece together most of their great shock sequences. This is Jimmy Hanley's only appearance for Hammer, he died in 1970 the same year that his daughter, Jenny Hanley, made her only appearance for Hammer in Scars of Dracula.

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