1948 The Dark Road

The Dark Road – 1948

Alternative title: There is No Escape

Exclusive Films Presents, a Marylebone-Hammer Production

Black & White 67 minutes


A cheap fiction writer is commissioned to write a crime story which deals with a young boy’s gradual decline through lack of parental control.


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This was Michael Ripper’s first film for Hammer. As Hammer’s most prolific actor, he went on to appear in 34 of their productions.

The film was based on the career of criminal Stanley Thurston, who appeared in the cast as a character based on himself. Thurston was famous for his numerous escapes from prison, 5 times in 15 years. He was released from prison in October 1946. The film had trouble with the British censors who thought the film glamorised a real life criminal. Thurston had to be billed as “Charles Stuart.”

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