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

Stills from film

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Cast & Crew

Red = Uncredited

Original Poster
Never Take Sweets from a Stranger 1960

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On its original release, the film made little impact at the box-office and its press was mainly negative. Paedophilia had never been tackled like this in the cinema before.
James Carreras commented: “Message pictures? I tried one: Never Take Sweets from a Stranger. Nobody bought it. I’m not an artist. I’m a businessman.”

This was silent screen star, Estelle Brody’s last feature film, and her only appearance for Hammer.

Michael Gwynn later played Lord Melbury in BBC TV’s comedy Fawlty Towers



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