1950 What the Butler Saw

What the Butler Saw – 1950

Edward J. Mason’s popular B.B.C. Feature. A Hammer Films Production

A Hammer Film production released by Exclusive Films 
From an original story by Roger and Donald Good

Black & White 61 minutes


Comedy. An elderly earl returns with his butler, Bembridge, to his stately home in the English countryside after ten years away in the South Pacific. But, they have brought with them an unexpected piece of luggage in the shape of a young and beautiful princess, Lapis. She is in love with Bembridge, but her efforts to win him over, together with some of the strange native ways she has brought with her, soon cause outrage and chaos in the disapprovingly snooty, upper-crust household.

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Screenplay by 
Production Manager
Assistant Director 
Hair Stylist 
Musical Director 
Camera Operator 
Director of Photography 
Produced by 
Directed by 

A.R. Rawlinson & E.J. Mason
Arthur Barnes
James Sangster
Renee Glynne
Edgar Vetter
Phil Leakey
Monica Hustler
Prudence Sykes
James Needs
Frank Spencer
Peter Bryan
Walter Harvey
Anthony Hinds
Godfrey Grayson


The Earl
Lady Mary
Bill Fenton
Lapis (introducing)
Mrs Thimble

Edward Rigby
Henry Mollison
Michael Ward
Eleanor Hallam
Peter Burton
Anne Valery
Mercy Haystead
Tonie MacMillan


High-camp character actor Michael Ward appeared in numerous films, perhaps most notably as the Egyptian Queen’s High Priest Archimedes in “Carry on Cleo” (1965). He was also in Hammer’s “Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell” (1973), in which he played a transvestite lunatic! His last appearance for the Company was in “Man About the House” (1974).

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