1950 What the Butler Saw

What the Butler Saw - 1950

A Hammer Film production released by Exclusive Films 
From an original story by Roger and Donald Good

Black & White 61 minutes


Comedy. An elderly earl returns with his butler, Bembridge, to his stately home in the English countryside after ten years away in the South Pacific. But, they have brought with them an unexpected piece of luggage in the shape of a young and beautiful princess, Lapis. She is in love with Bembridge, but her efforts to win him over, together with some of the strange native ways she has brought with her, soon cause outrage and chaos in the disapprovingly snooty, upper-crust household. Watch the full film on YouTube 


Screenplay by A.R. Rawlinson & E.J. Mason
Production Manager Arthur Barnes
Assistant Director James Sangster
Continuity Renee Glynne
Recordist Edgar Vetter
Make-up Phil Leakey
Hair Stylist Monica Hustler
Casting Prudence Sykes
Editor James Needs
Musical Director Frank Spencer
Camera Operator Peter Bryan
Director of Photography Walter Harvey
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Godfrey Grayson


The Earl Edward Rigby
Bembridge Henry Mollison
Gerald Michael Ward
Lady Mary Eleanor Hallam
Bill Fenton Peter Burton
Elaine Anne Valery
Lapis (introducing) Mercy Haystead
Mrs Thimble Tonie MacMillan


High-camp character actor Michael Ward appeared in numerous films, perhaps most notably as the Egyptian Queen's High Priest Archimedes in "Carry on Cleo" (1965). He was also in Hammer's "Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell" (1973), in which he played a transvestite lunatic! His last appearance for the Company was in "Man About the House" (1974).

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