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Straight on Till Morning (1972)

R | | Thriller | August 1974 (USA)
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A timid, withdrawn woman meets a man she believes is finally the love of her life, unaware that he is a vicious serial killer.

Director:

Peter Collinson

Writer:

John Peacock (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rita Tushingham ... Brenda Thompson
Shane Briant ... Peter Clive
James Bolam ... Joey
Katya Wyeth Katya Wyeth ... Caroline
Annie Ross ... Liza
Tom Bell ... Jimmy Lindsay
Claire Kelly ... Margo Thompson (as Clare Kelly)
Harold Berens Harold Berens ... Mr. Harris
John Clive John Clive ... Newsagent
Tommy Godfrey Tommy Godfrey ... Mr. Godfrey
Mavis Villiers ... Indian Princess
Lola Willard Lola Willard ... Customer
Tinker Tinker ... Tinker
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Storyline

Shy Brenda Thompson writes naive children's stories to amuse herself. Stifled and desperate for a man of her own, she leaves Liverpool, telling her mom she's pregnant, and gets a job in a boutique in London. She moves in with the promiscuous but good-hearted Caroline but the mod set shuns her for her plain looks. Then she kidnaps a strange young man's dog, so as to perhaps get to know him while returning it. The young man turns out to be Peter, a psychopath with a predilection for killing beautiful things. He renames Brenda Wendy, and they start a hopeful, if strange, relationship. It might have a chance, if it weren't for Peter's murderous secrets. Written by Leo

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How could she know the morning would never come?

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dressed for Death See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was Claire Kelly's final movie role. See more »

Goofs

When Peter leads Brenda/'Wendy' into her room for the first time, a crew member is clearly visible, crouching down from the doorway. See more »

Alternate Versions

The BBFC cut the film in 1972 for an X rating. See more »

Soundtracks

Straight On Till Morning
Music by Annie Ross
Lyrics by Annie Ross and John Peacock
Sung by Annie Ross
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moody stuff around the then recently completed South Bank complex
21 March 2010 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

The swinging sixties are coming to an end in swinging London but there are still some hang overs from the 1950s and still plenty of odd ball characters. Pregnancy outside of marriage was still much looked down upon and under the guise of the 'flower children' it was perfectly possible for even homicidal maniacs to not seem out of place. Rita Tushingham is as great as ever and this much under rated actress puts in one of her more endearing performances. Shane Briant is eerily convincing as the psycho and the rest of the cast including James Bolam are all fine. Some decent location shooting is always appreciated around this time and here we get a couple of boutiques and some very moody stuff around the then recently completed South Bank complex. Plenty of surprises and well worth catching as one of the most unusual hammer movies.


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