1949 BBFC Cert. “A”


An actress is persuaded by her boyfriend, the head of a private-detective agency, to take a job as a housekeeper in the home of a wealthy elderly woman. It seems that no one has seen the woman for a while, and her new young husband is claiming that she is ill and doesn’t want to see anybody and is refusing to let anyone in the house.

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Production Details

Edward J. Mason’s popular B.B.C. Feature. A Hammer Films Production Distributed by Exclusive Films

All characters in this photoplay are fictitious and bear no relation to any real person, living or dead.

Black & White 55 minutes

Filming began: April 1949
UK Release 29th August 1949

Dial Close Court, Winter Hill, Cookham, Berkshire

Stills from the film

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Cast & Crew

Red = Uncredited


Hy Hazel also appeared in Hammer’s 1950 film “The Lady Craved Excitement”. Her last role was in Marty Feldman’s “Every Home Should Have One” (1970). She was called Britain’s answer to Betty Grable and was described as having “the longest legs in showbusiness”.  She died on May 10 1970, at the age of 50, when she choked on a steak whilst dining at a Westminster restaurant.

Roy Plomley, who was credited with additional dialogue here, also co-wrote Hammer’s “Doctor Morelle and the Case of the Missing Heiress” (1949). He also devised the BBC Radio show “Desert Island Discs” presenting 1791 editions over a 43 year period.

Filming Location: Dial Close Court, (a large 23 bedroomed country house) at Winter Hill, Cookham, Berkshire, England, was used as the mansion. This house was also used by Hammer in “Dr Morelle: The Case of the Missing Heiress” (1949), and “The Adventures of P.C. 49: Investigating the Case of the Guardian Angel” (1949)

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