1954 Face the Music

Face the Music – 1954

Alternative title: The Black Glove

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films (UK) and Lippert Films (USA) 
Copyright 1953 by Exclusive Films Ltd. 
All characters in this photoplay are fictitious and bear no resemblance to any real person, living or dead 
RCA Sound System 
Produced at Exclusive Studios, Bray, England

Black & White 84 minutes


Jazz trumpeter James Bradley (“Brad”) is working in a show at the London Palladium when he meets beautiful night-club singer Maxine Halbard. He takes her back to her flat, but absent-mindedly leaves his trumpet behind when he leaves. The next day the police return it to him – Maxine has been murdered and it seems that he was the last person to see her alive. Now under suspicion of the crime, Brad sets out to clear his name…
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Art Director
Production Manager
Sound Recording
Assistant Director
Camera Operator
Director of Photography
Musical Directors
Trumpet Theme and Special Arrangements by
Screenplay by
From the novel “Face the Music” by 
Produced by
Directed by

 J. Elder Wills
Maurice Rootes
Mickey Delamar
Bill Salter and George Burgess
Jimmy Sangster
Renee Glynne
Philip Leakey
Nina Broe
Molly Arbuthnot
Len Harris
Jimmy Harvey
Ivor Slaney and Kenny Baker
Kenny Baker
Ernest Borneman 
E. Borneman
Michael Carreras
Terence Fisher 


James Bradley
Barbara Quigley
Max Margulis
Johnny Sutherland
Maurice Green
The Inspector
and with

Alex Nicol
Eleanor Summerfield
John Salew
Paul Carpenter
Geoffrey Keen
Ann Hanslip
Fred Johnson
Melvyn Hayes
Arthur Lane, Martin Boddey, Paula Byrne and “Kenny Baker’s Dozen”


American actor Alex Nicol made one more film for Hammer – “The House Across the Lake” (1954). Fred Johnson was another of those character actors who was employed quite regularly by Hammer. His films for them include “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957), “The Brides of Dracula” (1960) and “Taste of Fear” (1961). He probably had his quietest role in “Taste of Fear”, playing a corpse which keeps turning up throughout the film!

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