1972 Nearest and Dearest

Nearest and Dearest – 1972

A Hammer / Granada Special Comedy Presentation 

Copyright MCMLXXII Hammer Film Productions Limited – All rights reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate 

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional 

Westrex Recording System 

Made at Pinewood Studios, London, England 

Processed at Rank Film Laboratories Limited  86 mins 


On the death of their father, sparring siblings Nellie and Eli Pledge inherit the family pickling factory. Then, their life is complicated by the arrival on the scene of one Vernon Smallpiece, a con-man who pretends to want to marry Nellie, but is really only interested in her inheritance. Comic (?) mayhem ensues.


Art Director
Production Manager
Assistant Director
Sound Recordist
Sound Editor
Wardrobe Supervisor
Construction Manager
Assistant Art Director
Dubbing Mixer
Casting Director
Camera Operator
Director of Photography
Music Composed by
Song “Nearest and Dearest”
……Lyrics by
……Music by
……Sung by
Musical Supervisor
Screenplay by
Based on the television series by
Associate Producer
Produced by
Directed by

Scott MacGregor
Chris Barnes
Ron Jackson
Bill Cartlidge
Les Hammond
Frank Goulding
Lorely Farley
Eddie Knight
Jeanette Freeman
Rosemary Burrows
Arthur Banks
Don Picton
Gordon McCallum
James Liggat
Chick Anstiss
David Holmes, BSc
Derek Hilton

Hylda Baker
Derek Hilton
Hylda Baker
Philip Martell
Tom Brennand and Roy Bottomley
Vince Powell and Harry Driver
Roy Skeggs
Michael Carreras
John Robins


Nellie Pledge
Eli Pledge
Vernon Smallpiece
Court Bailiff
Man on Bus
Mrs Rowbottom
Joshua Pledge
Club Hostess
Scarlet O’Hara
Mimi (Stripper)

Hylda Baker
Jimmy Jewell
Eddie Malin
Madge Hindle
Joe Gladwin
Norman Mitchell
Pat Ashton
Bert Palmer
Peter Madden
Norman Chappell
Yootha Joyce
John Barrett
Carmel Cryan
Sue Hammer
Janie Collinge
Donald Bisset
Kerry Jewel
Adele Warren 
Nosher Powell


There really is not much to say about this film, except that, like “On the Buses”, it is a television spin-off, this time from a Granada TV sitcom. This – unlike “On the Buses” – was not however a box-office success.

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