1950 The Lady Craved Excitement

The Lady Craved Excitement - 1950

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films
Panacoustic Recording 
Cabaret sequence filmed at the Hotel de Paris, Bray
Based on the popular B.B.C. serial by Edward J. Mason

Black & White 69 minutes


A madcap comedy, in which a couple of bungling cabaret artists stumble upon a plan to smuggle valuable works of art out of the country. To make matters worse, one of the gang is the mad descendant of the executioner of Anne Boleyn and is determined to re-enact the event, using Pat as head model for the part! Watch a clip from the film on YouTube


Screenplay by John Gilling, Edward J. Mason and Francis Searle
Production Manager Arthur Barnes
Assistant Director Jimmy Sangster
Continuity Renee Glynne
Recordist Edgar Vetter
Make-up Phil Leakey
Hair Stylist Monica Hustler
Casting Prudence Sykes
Editor John Ferris
Musical Director Frank Spencer
Dances arranged by Leslie Roberts
Camera Operator Peter Bryan
Director of Photography Walter Harvey
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Francis Searle

"The Lady Craves Excitement" and "Ladies of the Gaiety" by James Dyrenforth and George Melachrin


Pat Hy Hazel
Johnny Michael Medwin
Carlo Sidney James
Inspector James John Longden
Peterson Andrew Keir
Boris Danny Green
Julia Thelma Grigg
Mugsy Ian Wilson
1st Chorus Girl Barbara Hamilton
2nd Chorus Girl Jasmine Dee
Lunatic Gordon Mulholland


Actor John Longden appeared in early Hitchcock films, such as "Blackmail" (1929) and "The Skin Game" (1931). He also turns up in Hammer's "Quatermass 2" (1957) alongside "Carry On" regular Sidney James, who has his first role with Hammer here. 
Scottish actor Andrew Keir found more substantial parts with Hammer in "The Pirates of Blood River" (1962), "Dracula - Prince of Darkness" (1966), "Quatermass and the Pit" (1967) and "Blood from the Mummy's Tomb" (1971).
This is the first Hammer film to feature the famous exterior of Oakley Court, the building next door to Bray Studios. Michael Medwin's character even refers to it by its real name in the film.

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