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Director:
Writer:
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 May 1963 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Shocking! Horrifying! Macabre! See more »
Plot:
Simon Ashby is a wealthy psychotic who is is coddled by his aunt in their palatial mansion outside of London... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(10 articles)
Hammer Horror Writer Dies
 (From WENN. 23 August 2011, 5:06 AM, PDT)

Jimmy Sangster obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 21 August 2011, 4:05 PM, PDT)

Jimmy Sangster obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 21 August 2011, 4:05 PM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order)
Janette Scott ... Eleanor Ashby

Oliver Reed ... Simon Ashby
Sheila Burrell ... Aunt Harriet
Maurice Denham ... John Kossett
Alexander Davion ... Tony Ashby
Liliane Brousse ... Françoise
Harold Lang ... RAF Type
Arnold Diamond
John Bonney ... Keith Kossett
John Stuart ... Williams
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sydney Bromley ... Tramp (uncredited)
Laurie Leigh ... Woman #1 (uncredited)
Marianne Stone ... Woman #2 (uncredited)
Colin Tapley ... Vicar (uncredited)
Jack Taylor ... Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Freddie Francis 
 
Writing credits
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)

Josephine Tey  uncredited (novel "Brat Farrar")

Produced by
Anthony Hinds .... producer
Basil Keys .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Elisabeth Lutyens 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography)
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... make-up artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
Richard Mills .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John Draper .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Corbett .... third assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... second assistant director
Ross MacKenzie .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Arthur Banks .... construction manager
Tom Money .... property master
Kenneth Ryan .... assistant art director
Eric Hillier .... prop buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jim Groom .... sound editor (as James Groom)
Ken Nightingall .... boom operator
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
Alan Thorne .... sound camera operator
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
Kit West .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Cowlard .... camera grip
Moray Grant .... camera operator
Robin Higginson .... focus puller
David Osborne .... focus puller
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe supervisor
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... musical supervisor
 
Other crew
Pauline Harlow .... continuity (as Pauline Wise)
Maureen White .... production secretary
 

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Runtime:
Canada:80 min | USA:80 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Trivia:
Another version of Josephine Tey's novel "Brat Farrar" had appeared on Hammer's schedule as far back as 1952.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): As Simon plays the congregational hymn on the organ in the opening scene at the church the music shown on his stand in the organ loft is an oratorio/anthem music score with SATB lines (soprano/alto/tenor/bass) and a two-stave orchestral/keyboard reduction, emphatically not a church hymn.See more »
Quotes:
Simon Ashby:[stumbles through the door inebriated]
Aunt Harriet:Where have you been?
Simon Ashby:[smirk on his face] I've been drinking.
[Looks at the liquor on the bar in the entryway]
Simon Ashby:Now I need to drink some more.
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Movie Connections:
Version of "Brat Farrar" (1986)See more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Odd Hammer film, 27 November 2005
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Simon Ashby (Oliver Reed) is a psychopath who is trying to scare his sister (Janette Scott) to death to get her share of their inheritance. Then their brother Tony (Alexander Davion) who supposedly committed suicide years before shows up. Then things get strange...

Really odd film--very low key (for Hammer). For one thing it was shot in black and white, not the vivid color they usually used. Also there are no monsters here (unless you count Simon) and this is more of a thriller than a horror film. Still it works! It's beautifully directed by Freddie Francis and the plot itself has plenty of twists and turns to keep you off guard.

The acting is good. Reed especially is fantastic--his violent rages are frightening and you can always see the madness lurking underneath him. Scott and Davion are both good-looking (especially Davion) and as good as they can be...considering they're given nothing to do. This is no masterpiece but a quick (only 80 minutes) and efficient thriller which keeps you entertained and guessing. Recommended.

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