1949 The Adventures of PC 49

The Adventures of P.C. 49 – 1949

Investigating The Case of the Guardian Angel

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films 
Recorded by United Programmes

Black & White 67 minutes


The popular BBC Radio bobby on the beat. P.C.49, is given the chance to do a spot of plain clothed sleuthing in his screen debut. Taking the identity of a dead criminal, he tours transport cafes(!) in search of a gang of particularly nasty armed robbers. He eventually bumps into shady character Fingers, who introduces him to the villainous Barney, a top member of the gang. But 49 has bigger fish to fry – he is after the ringleader, a mysterious figure known only as “The Boss”. Will our pal Archibald and his plucky girlfriend Joan survive the dangers ahead?
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Screenplay by
Production Manager
Art Director
Camera Operator
Assistant Director
Hair Stylist
Supervising Editor
Musical Directors
Director of Photography
Produced by
Directed by

Alan Stranks and Vernon Harris
Arthur Barnes
James Mordant
E. Vetter
Moray Grant
Leon Bijou
Phil Leakey
Renee Glynne
Monica Hustler
Ray Pitt
Frank Spencer and Rupert Grayson
Cedric Williams
Anthony Hinds
Godfrey Grayson


P.C. Archibald Berkley Willoughby 
Ma Brady 
Inspector Wilson 
Sergeant Wright 

Hugh Latimer
John Penrose
Annette Simmonds
Pat Nye
Patricia Cutts
Michael Ripper
Martin Benson
Arthur Brander
Eric Phillips
Billy Thatcher


This is the second Hammer film to feature Michael Ripper, the first being “The Dark Road” (1948). Ripper became one of the mainstays of the Company’s supporting cast and must hold the record for the Hammer actor with the most number of films to his credit. Patricia Cutts appears to have fled the country after this film, popping up years later as Vincent Price’s faithless wife in William Castle’s notorious 1959 shocker “The Tingler”. Two other regular names turn up for the first time here – Phil Leakey, later responsible for some memorable gruesome make-up creations, and Moray Grant, Camera Operator and, later, a Director of Photography.

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