Room to Let (1950)

UK, 1949
65m 33s (UK – theatrical), 1860.02 metres, 6103 feet
35mm, black and white
mono, English

A British borderline horror film directed by Godfrey Grayson. Like many early Hammer Film Productions releases it was adapted from a BBC radio show.

Plot Summary

Victorian London: The Musgrave family rents out one of their spare rooms to the rather sinister Doctor Fell who behaves strangely and has an odd effect on the family. When they explore his room, they find a map of Whitechapel and a set of surgical instruments – could Doctor Fell actually be the notorious serial killer ?

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Godfrey Grayson
[copyright not given on screen]
Exclusive Films presents. Hammer Film Productions *
Produced by: Anthony Hinds
Production Manager: Arthur Barnes
Screenplay by: John Gilling and Godfrey Grayson
Adapted from the BBC feature by Margery Allingham
Assistant Director: Jimmy Sangster *
Continuity: Renee Glynne
Director of Photography: Cedric Williams
Camera Operator: Peter Bryan
Editor: James Needs
Cutter: Alfred Cox
Music Composed and Conducted by: Frank Spencer
Recordist: E. Vetter
United Programmes Sound System *
Dress Designer: Myra Cullimore
Make-up: Phil Leakey
Hair Stylist: Monica Hustler
Art Director: Denis Wreford
Locations: London, England, UK *
Casting: Prudence Sykes

Cast
Jimmy Hanley (Curly Minter)
Valentine Dyall (Doctor Fell)
Christine Silver (Mrs Musgrave)
Merle Tottenham (Alice)
Charles Hawtrey (Mike Atkinson)
Constance Smith (Molly Musgrave)
Aubrey Dexter [Harding] *
Leslie Daniels [J.J.] *
Reginald Dyson [sergeant] *
Charles Mander [PC Smith] *
Cyril Conway [Mansfield] *
Laurence Naismith [editor] *
John Clifford [Atkinson] *
Stuart Saunders [Porter] *
Charles Houston [Tom] *
Harriet Petworth [matron] *
F.A. Williams [butler] *
H. Hamilton Earle [orderly] *
Archie Callum [night watchman] *

References

Periodicals

  • Castle of Frankenstein no.24 p.58
  • Dark Terrors no.910 June 1995 p.49 – illustrated credits, article (Hammer Film Productions 1949-)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.17 no.195 (March – April 1950) pp.49-50 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Today's Cinema vol.74 no.5950 (9 March 1950) pp.6-7 – review (by J.G.W.)

Books

  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan pp.242-243 – credits, synopsis
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.3, 45, 46, 46, 109, 212
  • Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company by Howard Maxford pp.701-702 – credits, synopsis, review
  • A History of Horrors: The Rise and Fall of the House of Hammer (Revised Edition) by Denis Meikle pp.9, 10, 11, 116, 230 – notes, review
  • by Walt Lee p.408 – credits