1961 The Terror of the Tongs

The Terror of the Tongs – 1961

Columbia Pictures Corporation Presents
A Hammer film production

Copyright MCMLX by Merlin Film Company – 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 

Produced at Bray Studios

RCA Sound Recording
Eastmancolor by Pathe 86 mins 


In the year of 1910, Hong Kong members of the secret Red Dragon Tong crime family protect their identities by murdering Helena Sale, the daughter of Captain Jackson Sale, a British sea officer who vows revenge and defies the spread of fear created by the tongs. Helped by a mysterious beggar and a young serving girl named Lee, Sale discovers there is an inside traitor who has been giving vital information to the tongs, thus making them one step ahead of Sale’s findings…


Supervising Editor
Production Designer
Production Manager
Camera Operator
Sound Recordist
Sound Editor
Assistant Director
Make-up Artist
Hair Stylist
Wardrobe Mistress
Associate Producer
Music Composed by
Written by
Produced by
Directed by

James Needs
Bernard Robinson
Clifford Parkes
Len Harris
Jock May
Eric Boyd-Perkins
Alban Streeter
John Peverall
Tilly Day
Roy Ashton
Freda Steiger
Molly Arbuthnot
Anthony Nelson-Keys
James Bernard
John Hollingsworth
Jimmy Sangster
Kenneth Hyman
Michael Carreras
Anthony Bushell


Chung King
Captain Jackson Sale
The Beggar
District Commissioner Harcort
Tang Hoe
Tang Hao
Inspector Bob Dean
Dr. Fu Chao

Christopher Lee
Geoffrey Toone
Yvonne Monlaur
Marne Maitland
Brian Worth
Ewan Solon
Roger Dalgado
Richard Leech
Charles Lloyd-Pack
Marie Burke


The film is notable in that is the first Hammer horror film to afford Christopher Lee top billing. Lee also reported to work on the film after a vacation in Northern Italy with a deep tan, which was problematic for the make-up department since his character was supposed to have very pale skin. Lee later said in interviews that the make-up to make him appear into a Chinese in this movie was the most uncomfortable make-up he had to endure up to that time.

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