1968 The Anniversary

The Anniversary – 1968

A Hammer Film production presented by Associated British Pathe Limited and released through Wamer-Pathe Distributors Limited (UK) and Twentieth Century-Fox (USA) 

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 

RCA Sound Recording 

Made at the Elstree Studios of Associated British Productions Limited, Herts, England 

Technicoior 95 mins


Every year, obsessively domineering matriarch Mrs Taggart gathers round her the members of her family to celebrate her anniversary. But, it is not a time for celebration, more an occasion for all the bottled-up frustrations and hatred to bubble to the surface – and heaven help any one of them who has ideas for the future which do not fit in with Mother’s plans!
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Production Designed by
Supervising Editor
Production Manager
Assistant Director
Sound Recordist
Sound Editor
Recording Supervisor
Camera Operator
Director of Photography
Title music played by
Musical Supervisor
Screenplay by
From the stage play by
Produced by
Directed by

Reece Pemberton
James Needs, GBFE
Victor Peck
Bert Batt
Peter Weatherley, GBFE
Les Hammond
Charles Crafford, GBFE
June Randall
George Partleton
A.G. Scott
Mary Gibson
A.W. Lumkin
Gerry Anstiss
Harry Waxman, BSc
The New Vaudeville Band
Philip Martell
Jimmy Sangster
Bill MacIlwraith
Jimmy Sangster
Roy Ward Baker


Mrs Taggart
Karen Taggart
Terry Taggart
Henry Taggart
Shirley Blair
Tom Taggart
Mr Bird
and with

Bette Davis
Sheila Hancock
Jack Hedley
James Cossins
Elaine Taylor
Christian Roberts
Timothy Bateson
Sally-Jane Spencer, Arnold Diamond, Albert Shepherd and Ralph Watson


Roy Ward Baker was brought in to replace the original director Alvin Rakoff, with whom Bette Davis apparently found it impossible to work. Character actor James Cossins also appeared for Hammer in “The Lost Continent” (1968), “The Horror of Frankenstein” (1970), “Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb” (1971) and “Fear in the Night” (1972).

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