A timid, withdrawn woman meets a man she believes is finally the love of her life, unaware that he is a vicious serial killer.


Peter Collinson


John Peacock (original screenplay)





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
Clare Kelly Clare Kelly ... Margo Thompson
Harold Berens Harold Berens ... Mr. Harris
John Clive ... Newsagent
Tommy Godfrey Tommy Godfrey ... Mr. Godfrey
Mavis Villiers ... Indian Princess
Lola Willard Lola Willard ... Customer
Tinker Tinker ... Tinker


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?




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The title is a quotation from J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan": Peter tells Wendy that Neverland is "second star to the right, and straight on till morning". See more »


Brenda lives with her mother in Liverpool and tells her she is going to London, however the opening establishing shots of "Liverpool" were actually filmed in Battersea, London. See more »

Alternate Versions

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


Referenced in Dream Lover: Inside 'Straight on Till Morning' (2017) See more »


Straight On Till Morning
Music by Annie Ross
Lyrics by Annie Ross and John Peacock
Sung by Annie Ross
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the sexual revolution wasn't all good
14 March 2005 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

Niave, homely Brenda ("A Taste of Honey"'s Rita Tushingham) desperate to find a man willing to give her a baby, leaves home to move in to an apartment with her "friend", after she back stabs her. She runs into the night only to find and kidnap a dog in hopes of meeting it's owner. Which she does. But life isn't romantified and has little use for idle dreamers. This is one of the later Hammer films, and i adore it. It's nihilististic, misogynistic, realistic tone is great. Well acted and suspenseful. This physcological thriller is one to see. On the downside, none of the characters are really sympathetic.

My Grade: B

DVD Extras: Commentary by Rita Tushington and Journalist Jonathan Sothcott; Peter Collinson Bio; and Theatrical Trailer

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Release Date:

August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dressed for Death See more »

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Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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