1960 BBFC Cert. “X”

Never Take Sweets from a Stranger

Alternative Title: Never Take Candy from a Stranger

Opening title: This story – like its characters – is fictitious. It is set in Canada. But it could happen anywhere – And it could be true.
Peter Carter meets official resistance when he finds his 9 year old daughter has been the victim of the pedophile patriarch of the town’s most powerful family.

Production Details

A Columbia Pictures Corporation presentation of a Hammer Film
Copyright MCMLIV by Hammer Film Productions Ltd. Ltd. All rights reserved

MPAA Approved
RCA Sound System
Produced at Bray Studios

All characters and incidents portrayed, and the names used herewith are ficticious and the similarity to any names, characters or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional

Black & White 81 mins

Filming Began: 14th August 1959
UK Release: 4th March 1960

Bray Studios, Down Place, Oakley Green, Berkshire

Black Park, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England

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Cast & Crew

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Never Take Sweets from a Stranger 1960

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This gritty police drama caused a bit of a stir back in 1959, thanks to a very brief nude scene featuring Billie Whitelaw.

The film enjoys a sufficiently high reputation to have merited a re-release in the cinema in 1998.

Welshman Sir Stanley Baker was a much respected actor, whose films include Olivier’s “Richard III” (1955), “Hell Drivers” (1957) and “The Guns of Navarone” (1961); he also appeared in two other Hammer productions – “Whispering Smith Hits London” (1952) and “Yesterday’s Enemy” (1959).
However, his greatest moment in the cinema probably came in 1963, when he starred in and co-produced the epic film “Zulu”. He died in 1976.

Michael Gwynn (the Prosecutor) went on to play Lord Melbury in the BBC hit comedy “Fawlty Towers”.

ITV’s Coronation Street’s Annie Walker (Doris Speed) makes an uncredited appearance here.

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