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Director:
Writers:
Nigel Kneale (screenplay) and
Norah Lofts (novel)
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Release Date:
February 1967 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
WHAT DO "THE DEVIL'S OWN" DO AFTER DARK? See more »
Plot:
Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a schoolteacher moves to a small English village, only to discover that black magic resides there as well. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Superior Hammer thriller See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Fontaine ... Gwen Mayfield
Kay Walsh ... Stephanie Bax

Alec McCowen ... Alan Bax
Ann Bell ... Sally Benson
Ingrid Boulting ... Linda Rigg (as Ingrid Brett)
John Collin ... Dowsett
Michele Dotrice ... Valerie Creek
Gwen Ffrangcon Davies ... Granny Rigg (as Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies)
Duncan Lamont ... Bob Curd

Leonard Rossiter ... Dr. Wallis
Martin Stephens ... Ronnie Dowsett
Carmel McSharry ... Mrs. Dowsett
Viola Keats ... Mrs. Curd
Shelagh Fraser ... Mrs. Creek
Bryan Marshall ... Tom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yemi Ajibade ... Mark (uncredited)
Kitty Atwood ... Mrs. McDowall (uncredited)
John Barrett ... Mr. Glass (uncredited)
Roy Desmond ... Dancer (uncredited)
Catherine Finn ... Nurse (uncredited)
Prudence Hyman ... Stephanie's Maid (uncredited)
Lizbeth Kent ... First Villager (uncredited)
Artro Morris ... Porter (uncredited)
Willie Payne ... Adam (uncredited)
Charles Rea ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Ken Robson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Brian Todd ... Dancer (uncredited)
Don Vernon ... Dancer (uncredited)
Rudolph Walker ... Mark (uncredited)
Terry Williams ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Cyril Frankel 
 
Writing credits
Nigel Kneale  screenplay and
Norah Lofts  novel "The Devil's Own" (as Peter Curtis)

Produced by
Anthony Nelson Keys .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant 
 
Film Editing by
Chris Barnes 
 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
 
Makeup Department
George Partleton .... makeup
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Charles Permane .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Tringham .... assistant director
Terence Churcher .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Feliks Sergejak .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roy Hyde .... sound editor
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
Charles Wheeler .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator (as Cece Cooney)
Eddie Collins .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
David Harcourt .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bob Jordan .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe supervisor
Harry Haynes .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
Tony Lenny .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical supervisor
 
Other crew
Anne Deeley .... continuity
Denys Palmer .... choreographer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Devil's Own" - USA
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Runtime:
90 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
UK:12 (DVD rating) | UK:X (original rating) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Joan Fontaine reportedly purchased the film rights to Norah Lofts' novel (written under the nom-de-plume of Peter Curtis) and brought the project to Hammer.See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Superior Hammer thriller, 22 July 2008
Author: BrentCarleton

Kudos to the multiple other posters who recognize this as a winner! It's hard, indeed, to understand why other Hammer fans ignore this entry, particularly since its script is far more literate than many of their other pictures from the same time frame. In any case, the Hammer production team does a wonderful job here of conveying the small village ambiance and the screenplay follows Norah Loft's novel very closely. What makes this film so distinctive is its understatement--the horror when it emerges is all the more disquieting since everything seems so idyllic.

Miss Fontaine is superb. Note her scene near the beginning when she is questioned about her nervous breakdown during a job interview. She brings to the sequence and its halting tragic dialogue, the same reticent, diffident charm she displayed nearly 30 years earlier when she explained the death of her father to Olivier in "Rebecca." Eerily, these two scenes seem oddly connected despite the passage of time. What a pro she was! All in all, "The Witches" is a star in both Hammer and Miss Fontaine's crown. Recommended.

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