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Quatermass and the Pit (1967) Poster

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In the London Underground, there are quite a few posters from other Hammer projects such as The Reptile (1966), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), and The Witches (1966), as well as My Fair Lady (1964) and Hotel (1967), on the station walls. An old, partially-ripped poster for Sex and the Single Girl (1964) can be seen on the wall opposite the entrance to Hobbs End station.
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When Dr. Roney is picking at the eyeball of the dead Martian creature in his laboratory, the pupils of the compound eye are a rectangular slot shape rather then round like a human eye. This is reminiscent of a goat's eye, a creature that, for centuries, has been associated with witchcraft and sorcery.
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Director Roy Ward Baker subsequently looked back on the film as one of the happiest shoots of his career.
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The original BBC serials were not shown on American television. As a result "Quatermass" was unknown to potential U.S. audiences. As was done with the previous two movie adaptations, the title was changed. Twentieth Century Fox released this in the United States as "Five Million Years to Earth" (1967).
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A Sony CV-2000B Videocorder - a very early and primitive form of videotape recorder - is on display during the sequences in which the Martian race memory is both recorded and later played back to the skeptical military.
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Of the three Hammer "Quatermass" films, this is the only one which "Quatermass" creator Nigel Kneale personally liked. This was largely due to the fact that he was much happier with Andrew Keir's performance as the title character than he had been with Brian Donlevy's in The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) and Quatermass 2 (1957). He described Donlevy as "a former Hollywood heavy gone to seed" and claimed that he was drunk during much of the shooting of the latter film, a claim which its director Val Guest repudiated.
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Three decades on, Andrew Keir reprised the role of the Professor in "The Quatermass Memoirs", a five-part docudrama scripted by Nigel Kneale and transmitted on BBC Radio 3 in March 1996.
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Despite not personally connecting with director Roy Ward Baker, Andrew Keir felt that the crew gelled together extremely well as a unit. This can partly be attributed to the fact that - prevented from lensing as planned at a full-up Elstree - the production team enjoyed the luxury of having the entire run of the empty MGM studios.
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Julian Glover had to perform his own stunts, including the scene where Colonel Breen falls over into the pit.
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Roney's mental image, seen on a small screen when the apparatus is being calibrated, is a shot from early in Four Sided Triangle (1953), an earlier Hammer science fiction film.
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When the workmen find the skull amongst the excavation period at the beginning, it is law to stop all further work when any sort of fossils or artifacts are found in any construction sites.
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The outside broadcast television cameras (and the TV channel glimpsed on a pub monitor) bear the genuine logo of ITV regional broadcaster ABCTV - ironic for an adaption of a serial made by the rival BBC channel.
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MGM's Boreham Wood studios were used due to lack of space at ABPC's Elstree Studios.
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Val Guest, who directed The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) and Quatermass 2 (1957), was asked to direct the film but had to turn it down due to other commitments.
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The producers requested both orchestral and electronic cues from composer Tristram Cary in order to have a choice of scores to use. He provided around thirty minutes of symphonic music plus electronic pieces (to represent the Martian threat), though much of it was lost during post-production editing and recutting, occasionally being replaced with stock tracks.
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André Morell was asked to reprise his role as Professor Bernard Quatermass from Quatermass and the Pit (1958), but he declined the opportunity.
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Julian Glover's wife Isla Blair later played Blaker in The Quatermass Experiment (2005).
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Noel Howlett (Vicar Gilpin) was the only actor to reprise his role from Quatermass and the Pit (1958). Noel Howlett did not play the same part in the series and the film; he played the vicar in the television series and the Abbey librarian in the film.
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Early UK posters featured an illustration of John Neville as Quatermass, suggesting that he was a one time candidate for the role.
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Anthony Quayle was considered for the role of Professor Bernard Quatermass before Andrew Keir was cast.
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Andrew Keir celebrated his 41st birthday on set on April 3, 1967.
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Roy Ward Baker is often said to have originally wanted Kenneth More for the role of Quatermass, but various books on Hammer claim More was vetoed by Hammer bosses. Baker himself also went on record to state that, in his opinion, More wouldn't work as Quatermass.
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Edwin Richfield (Minister) previously played the role of Peterson in Hammer's earlier film Quatermass 2 (1957).
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In the late 1990s, it was announced that The Crow (1994) director Alex Proyas was to do a remake, but it failed to materialise.
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Richard Shaw, who played Sladden on TV in Quatermass and the Pit (1958), was asked to reprise his role but could not because of a prior engagement.
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Noel Howlett played the role of the vicar in the original BBC TV serial.
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Julian Glover was chosen by Roy Ward Baker to play Colonel Breen.
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Van Heflin was considered for the role of Quatermass.
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Duncan Lamont (Sladden) appeared in the original TV Quatermass series as the astronaut taken over by an alien entity.
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