1963 Maniac

Maniac – 1963

Columbia Pictures Corporation presents A Hammer Film Production

Copyright MCMLXII Hammer Film Productions Ltd.

MPAA Approved Certificate 

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

A Hammer Film Production made at Metro, Goldwyn Mayer Studios, Borehamwood, England

RCA Sound Recording 

Black & White 86 mins Hammerscope 


A dissolute drifter down on his luck, Jeff Farrell, is stranded in a cheap bar in France where he falls for Annette, the proprietor’s pretty stepdaughter. Annette’s stepmother Eve, gradually shifts the young man’s attentions to herself, rather than her stepdaughter, and together Eve and Jeff concoct a plot to help free Eve’s estranged husband from the institution in which he’s been confined as a homicidal maniac these past four years after committing the so-called “Acetylene Murder”, when used a blowtorch to kill the man who raped Annette. The idea is that Georges, the husband, will leave the country, but, unknown to Jeff, it’s not Georges who escapes but Henri, the guard who has become Eve’s lover . . . 


Supervising Editor
Production Manager
Assistant to Producer
Assistant Director
Camera Operator
Sound Recordist
Sound Editor
Make-up Artist
Hair Stylist
Wardrobe Supervisor
Titles by
Director of Photography
Art Director
Music Composed and Conducted by
Written and Produced by
Directed by

James Needs
Bill Hill
Ian Lewis
Tom Simpson
Ross McKenzie
Harry Clifton
Cyril Swarn
Roy Baker
Ken Rawlings
Basil Newall
Pat McDermot
Molly Arbuthnot
Chambers and Partners
Wilkie Cooper
Edward Carrick
Stanley Black
Jimmy Sangster
Michael Carreras


Jeff Farrell
Eve Beynat
Annette Beynat
Inspector Etienne

Kerwin Mathews
Nadia Gray
Donald Houston
Liliane Brousse
George Pastell
Arnold Diamond
Norman Bird
Justine Lord
Jerold Wells
Leon Peers
André Maranne


The film was on Hammer’s 1960 schedule but for unclear reasons it was shelved. It would have starred Peter Cushing and George Sanders.
Norman Bird is dubbed by AndrĂ© Maranne.

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