1959 The Man Who Could Cheat Death

The Man Who Could Cheat Death – 1959

A Hammer production released by Paramount Pictures
Copyright MCMLIX by Cadogan Films Ltd.
MPAA Approved Certificate No. 19176 
RCA Sound Recording 
Produced at Bray Studio
Colour by Technicolor 83 mins 


Georges Bonner has a terrible secret. Although he has the appearance of someone in his thirties, he is in fact over a hundred years old! But his eternal youth comes at a price – every ten years he must undergo a pituitary gland transplant carried out by his scientific partner, Ludwig, and, in the period leading up to the operation, take a potion distilled from glands to stay alive. Bonner is horrified when Ludwig, now an old man, arrives for the operation, but is unable to perform it because of a stroke he has just suffered. Desperate, and driven nearly insane by the fear of old age and death, he resorts to kidnapping, blackmail and murder in a last-ditch effort to force another surgeon, Pierre Gerard, to take Ludwig’s place. Watch the original trailer on YouTube


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Supervising Editor
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Production Manager
Assistant Director
Make-up Artist
Hair Stylist
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Director of Photography
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Screenplay by
From a play by
Associate Producer
Produced by
Directed by

Bernard Robinson
James Needs
John Dunsford
Jock May
Don Weeks
Shirley Barnes
John Peverall
Molly Arbuthnot
Roy Ashton
Henry Montsash
Len Harris
Jack Asher, BSC
Richard Bennett
John Hollingsworth
Jimmy Sangster
Barre Lyndon
Anthony Nelson-Keys
Michael Carreras
Terence Fisher 


Georges Bonner
Janine Dubois
Pierre Gerard
Inspector Legris
Street Girl
Art Lover
Morgue Attendant

Anton Differing
Hazel Court
Christopher Lee
Arnold Marle
Delphi Lawrence
Francis de Wolfe
Gerda Larsen
Charles Lloyd-Pack
Michael Ripper (Uncredited)


The film was based on the play “The Man in Half Moon Street”, which had already been filmed by Paramount in 1944, with Nils Asther and Helen Walker and directed by Ralph Murphy. Anton Diffring became a familiar face, usually playing Nazis in war films such as “The Heroes of Telemark” (1965) and “Where Eagles Dare” (1968). He also appeared in the occasional horror film, e.g. “Circus of Horrors” (1960) and Amicus’s “The Beast Must Die” (1974, with Peter Cushing). His last film for Hammer was the Hong Kong based martial arts movie “Shatter” (1974); he also had the misfortune of starring in their doomed fiasco, the TV pilot “Tales of Frankenstein” (1958).

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