An actress is persuaded by her boyfriend, the head of a private-detective agency, to take a job as a housekeeper in the home of a wealthy elderly woman. It seems that no one has seen the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Hy Hazell ... Celia
... Larry Peters
... Lester Martin
Elsie Wagstaff ... Aunt Nora
... Antonio
Lockwood West ... Dr. Cresswell
... Mr. Haldane
... Mrs. Haldane
James Raglan ... Inspector Parker
Jasmine Dee ... Miss Arnold
June Elvin ... Ruby
... Grocer
Olive Walter ... Woman in shop
Grace Denbeigh-Russell ... Woman in shop (as Grace Denbigh Russell)


An actress is persuaded by her boyfriend, the head of a private-detective agency, to take a job as a housekeeper in the home of a wealthy elderly woman. It seems that no one has seen the woman for a while, and her new young husband is claiming that she is ill and doesn't want to see anybody and is refusing to let anyone in the house. Written by

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29 August 1949 (UK)  »

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Celia: The Sinister Affair of Poor Aunt Nora  »

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A early budget Hammer thriller
8 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

Celia (Hy Hazel), an attractive but hard-up actress, has a passion for expensive hats. She is offered the chance to earn some money to buy one by her friend Larry who runs a detective agency. His clients Mr and Mrs Haldane were concerned for their rich Aunt Nora, having had no contact from her. The Haldanes had visited Nora's country house only to be told by her new, younger husband Lester (John Bailey) that she was ill and did not wish to see them. Celia reluctantly agrees to infiltrate the house by posing as a replacement housekeeper.

'Celia' was one of the earliest films made by Hammer Film Productions on behalf of Exclusive Films. This small company ran on a shoestring and started out by making films of successful BBC radio programmes such as the legendary Dick Barton. It is hard to imagine a more budget budget-film than this one. All the interior shots were made entirely within a country mansion in Cookham, Berkshire, specially hired by the company for around £25 a week (1949 prices) with almost every room as well as gardens being used for shooting – and it shows. In fact, the star Hy Hazell happily lived in the mansion during shooting and so saved hotel costs. The entire film cost about £13,000. (The same mansion was used in the making of 'Doctor Morelle – The Case of the Missing Heiress' – released in June 1949). Miss Hazel gives an enjoyable performance opposite the creepy John Bailey.

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