1955 The Quatermass Xperiment

The Quatermass Xperiment – 1955

Alternative titles: The Creeping Unknown;
The Quatermass Experiment

A Hammer production released by Exclusive Films (UK) and United Artists (USA)
Copyright MCMLV by Exclusive Films Ltd. 
“The Producers wish to thank the following for their co-operation – B.B.C. Television Service, The Air Ministry, Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company, The British Interplanetary Society, The Port of London Authority, General Radiological Limited” 
Produced at Bray Studios

Black & White 82 minutes

Storyline

A rocket ship returns to earth with two of its crew missing, their space suits empty, and the third in a state of collapse, unable to tell anyone what has happened. He is rushed to the headquarters of Professor Quatermass, the leader of the space programme, where tests reveal he is undergoing some sort of change. As both Quatermass’s and the police investigations proceed, the astronaut escapes from hospital and his metamorphosis accelerates, transforming him into a rampaging alien life form which threatens to destroy all life on earth… Watch the trailer on YouTube

Crew

Art Director 
Editor 
Special Effects 
Production Manager  
Recordist 
Assistant Director 
Continuity 
Make-up 
Hairdresser 
Wardrobe 
Camera Operator 
Director of Photography 
Music Composed by 
Conducted by 
Screenplay by 
Based on the B.B.C. Television play by 
Produced by 
Directed by 

 J. Elder Wills
James Needs 
Les Bowie 
T.S. Lyndon-Haynes
H.C. Pearson 
Bill Shore 
Renee Glynne 
Phil Leakey 
Monica Hustler 
Molly Arbuthnot 
Len Harris 
Walter Harvey, BSc 
James Bernard 
John Hollingsworth 
Richard Landau and Val Guest 
Nigel Kneale
Anthony Hinds 
Val Guest

Cast

Professor Quatermass
Inspector Lomax
Judith
Victor
Briscoe
Rosie
TV Producer
Christie
Blake
Marsh
Desk Sergeant

Brian Donlevy 
Jack Warner 
Marcia Dean
Richard Wordsworth 
David King Wood 
Thora Hird 
Gordon Jackson 
Harold Lang 
Lionel Jeffries 
Maurice Kaufmann 
Sam Kidd

Jack Warner by arrangement with J.Arthur Rank Organisation 

Footnotes

With this taut sci-fi thriller, Hammer at last found the direction which would lead them to their eminent place in cinema history. Two more of the team which would help them get there play a prominent role in the production of this film – Les Bowie, special effects wizard, and James Bernard, whose distinctive music would accompany so many of Hammer’s great moments of suspense and terror. In a scenario reminiscent of a Hammer horror film, Jack Warner’s character George Dixon, who was shot and killed in Ealing’s “The Blue Lamp” (1949), was resurrected from the dead and haunted television screens for many years in the BBC TV series “Dixon of Dock Green”.


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