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Hammer film producer who oversaw popular gothic horror movies such as The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula

Anthony Hinds, who has died aged 91, became a producer with one of the most famous British film brands almost by default. He joined Hammer Film Productions in 1946 after serving with an Raf Photographic Unit in India. Hammer had been the brainchild of his father, William, and his business partner, Enrique Carreras, but had ceased active production in the late 30s. With the ending of the second world war, the company was fired up anew to capitalise on the need to fill the nation's cinema screens with "quota quickies"; to do so, it required a producer of its own and, by virtue of his family connection, Tony was delegated to the task.

Over the next 20 years, he was responsible for the bulk of Hammer's prodigious output, in particular the grandiose gothic horror films for which it would become famous. »

- Denis Meikle

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