Candles at Nine (1944)

84m, 7750 feet/2363 metres
35mm film, black and white
mono (RCA Sound System), English
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A British borderline horror film directed by John Harlow.

Plot Summary

A young woman inherits her murdered uncle's creepy old mansion – but in order to lay claim to it, she must spend a month there… and the murderer is still at large.


Directed by: John Harlow
© [not given on screen]
British National Films Ltd presents a British National production
Produced by: Wallace Orton
Production Manager: Barbara K. Emary
Screen Play by: Basil Mason and John Harlow
Based on the novel “The Mouse Who Wouldn't Play Ball” by Anthony Gilbert
Assistant Director: Robert Asher
Continuity: Joan Davis
Director of Photography: James Wilson
Camera Operator: Arthur Grant
Editor: Vi Burdon
Musical Score Composed & Directed by: Charles Williams
Song: “I'd Like to Share With You” music by Harry Parr-Davies, lyrics by Harold Purcell
Sound Supervisor: Harold King [real name: Harold V. King]
Wardrobe Supervisor: Maude Churchill
Make-up Artiste: Harry Hayward
Hairdressing: Gladys Weston
Art Director: C. Wilfred Arnold
Made and produced at British National Studios
Casting Director: Robert Jones

Jessie Matthews (Dorothea Capper)
John Stuart (William Gardener)
Beatrix Lehmann (Julia Carberry)
Reginald Purdell (Charles Lacey)
Winifred Shotter (Brenda Tempest)
Eliot Makeham (Everard Hope)
John Salew (Griggs)
Joss Ambler (Garth Hope)
Vera Bogetti (Lucille Hope)
Andre Van Gyseghem (Cecil Tempest)
Hugh Dempster (Hugh Lacey)
Ernest Butcher (the gardener)
C. Denier Warren (the solicitor [Middleton])
Patricia Hayes (the maid [Gwendolyn])
Gerry Wilmot (the compere)
Guy Fielding (the dancer)

Alternative Titles

The Mouse



  • Filmfax no.61 (June/July 1997 p.30 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.1936 (25 May 1944) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.11 no.125 (May 1944) p.53 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.156 no.1 (1 July 1944) – review
  • Today's Cinema vol.62 no.5035 (23 May 1944) – review