1954 Five Days

Five Days – 1954

Alternative title: Paid to Kill

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films (UK) and Lippert Films (USA) 
Copyright MCMLIV by Exclusive Films Ltd. 
RCA Sound System 
Produced at Bray Studios

Black & White 72 minutes


When a financial deal arranged by cavalier businessman James Nevill falls through, he faces ruin. Seeing no future for himself, he decides that the least he can do is make sure his wife is well looked after, so he blackmails an old, and shady, acquaintance into killing him; she will then be able to claim against his insurance. The murder is to take place within the next five days, but then the original business deal comes up trumps and he is financially saved. His relief is short-lived, though, when he cannot call off his proposed killer and the attempts on his life begin… Watch the trailer on YouTube


Art Director
Assistant Director
Production Manager
Camera Operator
Director of Photography
Musical Director
Original Screenplay by
Produced by
Directed by

J. Elder Wills
James Needs
Bill Salter
Jimmy Sangster
John (Pinky) Green
Splinters Deason
Phil Leakey
Nina Broe
Leonard Harris
Walter Harvey
Ivor Slaney
Paul Tabori
Anthony Hinds
Montgomery Tully


James Nevill 
Andrea Nevill 
Paul Kirby 
Cyrus McGowan 

Dane Clark
Thea Gregory
Paul Carpenter
Cecile Chevreau
Anthony Forwood
Howard Marion Crawford
Arthur Young
Charles Hawtrey 


Unusually, Howard Marion Crawford plays a Scot in this film. He is more familiar as the archetypal stiff-upper-lipped English officer and gentleman, as in “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) and as Dr Petrie (Scotland Yard Commissioner Nayland Smith’s trusty sidekick) in all five of the “Fu Manchu” films starring Christopher Lee.

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