1960 Hell is a City

Hell is a City – 1960 

An Associated British-Hammer production released through Warner-Pathe Distributors Limited

Copyright MCMLIX by Hammer Film Productions Ltd – All rights reserved 

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 

RCA Sound Recording 

Produced at Associated British Elstree Studios, England

Black & White 85 mins Hammerscope 


Don Starling, a vicious criminal who has escaped from jail, organises a robbery on a wealthy local Manchester bookmaker, forcing the girl carrying the cash into his getaway car. But things go horribly wrong when the girl is killed and Inspector Martineau sets out to track down his old enemy, who is now wanted for murder. Watch the trailer on YouTube


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Based on the Novel by
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Robert Jones
James Needs
Don Weeks
Philip Shipway
Leslie Hammond and Len Shilton
John Dunsford
Doreen Dearnaley
Colin Garde
Pauline Trent
‘Jacky’ Jackson
David Booth
Robert Lennard
Moray Grant
Arthur Grant, BSc
Stanley Black
The Associated British Studios Orchestra
A.W. Lumkin
Val Guest
Maurice Procter
Michael Carreras
Val Guest


Inspector Martineau 
Don Starling 
Julie Martineau 
Chloe Hawkins 
Lucky Lusk 
Bert Darwin 
Commercial Traveller 
Silver Steele 

Stanley Baker
John Crawford
Donald Pleasence
Maxine Audley
Billie Whitlaw
Joseph Tomelty
George A. Cooper
Geoffrey Frederick
Vanda Godsell
Charles Houston
Joby Blanshard
Charles Morgan
Peter Madden
Dickie Owen
Lois Diane
Warren Mitchell
Sarah Branch
Alastair Williamson
Russell Napier


This gritty police drama caused a bit of a stir back in 1959, thanks to a very brief nude scene featuring Billie Whitelaw. The film enjoys a sufficiently high reputation to have merited a re-release in the cinema in 1998. Welshman Sir Stanley Baker was a much respected actor, whose films include Olivier’s “Richard III” (1955), “Hell Drivers” (1957) and “The Guns of Navarone” (1961); he also appeared in two other Hammer productions – “Whispering Smith Hits London” (1952) and “Yesterday’s Enemy” (1959). However, his greatest moment in the cinema probably came in 1963, when he starred in and co-produced the epic film “Zulu”. He died in 1976.

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