1959 Yesterdays Enemy

Yesterday’s Enemy – 1959

A Hammer film production released by Columbia Pictures 
Copyright MCMLIX by Hammer Film Productions Ltd. – All rights reserved 
MPAA Approved Certificate No. 19316 
All characters and incidents portrayed and the names used are fictitious 
Westrex Recording System 
Black & White 95 mins


A squad of British soldiers, lost in the Burmese jungle during World War II, comes across a Japanese-occupied village. After a short battle, the British capture the village and also take prisoner a suspicious character, who Captain Langford is convinced is a paid informer for the Japanese. Initially, the man will not talk, but after Langford has had two innocent hostages shot to demonstrate his determination, he reveals the plans for a Japanese advance. Langford resolves that the information must at all costs be got to British headquarters, but the execution of the hostages provokes a bitter quarrel over the methods Langford is prepared to go to to attain his ends….Watch the trailer on YouTube


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Written by
Produced by
Directed by

Tommy Lyndon-Haynes
Bernard Robinson
James Needs
John Peverall
Alfred Cox
Buster Ambler and Red Law
Roy Hyde
John Cox
Beryl Booth
Roy Ashton
Henry Montsash
Molly Arbuthnot
Len Harris
Arthur Grant, BSc
Peter R. Newman
Michael Carreras
Val Guest


Captain Langford 
Sergeant MacKenzie 
2nd Lieutenant Hastings 
Japanese Soldier 
and with

Stanley Baker
Guy Rolfe
Leo McKern
Gordon Jackson
David Oxley
Richard Pasco
Russell Waters
Philip Ahn
Bryan Forbes
Wolf Morris
David Lodge
Percy Herbert
Burt Kwouk
Barry Lowe


Hammer’s war films (cf. “The Steel Bayonet”, “The Camp on Blood Island”) tended to examine the more controversial aspects of warfare and in this film the unpopular idea is suggested that the British were just as capable of committing atrocities as anyone else! Actor Guy Rolfe also worked for Hammer in “The Stranglers of Bombay” (1959). For outrageous director William Castle, he starred in “Mr Sardonicus” (1961). Interestingly, this film is probably the only Hammer production to have no musical accompaniment whatsoever. (1967’s “The Anniversary”, whilst having none during the action, does have music to accompany the opening and closing titles).

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