Straight on Till Morning (1972)

UK, 1971
96m, 8641 feet
35mm, Technicolor, Eastmancolor
mono, English

A British psychological horror film directed by Peter Collinson.

Plot Summary

Brenda moves from Liverpool to the Earl's Court area of London where she meets disturbed young man Peter. At first, he seems outwardly charming and Brenda soon falls for him – but Peter is a vicious serial killer and Brenda could well be his next victim…


Directed by: Peter Collinson
© MCMLXXII [] Hammer Film Productions Ltd.
A Hammer production
Produced by: Michael Carreras
Production Manager: Tom Sachs
Production Supervisor: Roy Skeggs
Original Screen-Play by: John Peacock
Assistant Director: Clive Reed
Continuity: Betty Harley
Director of Photography: Brian Probyn
Camera Operators: Roy Ford; Keith Jones [uncredited]
Editor: Alan Pattillo
Music Composed and Arranged by: Roland Shaw
Musical Supervisor: Philip Martell
Son: “Straight on Till Morning” music by Annie Ross, lyrics by Annie Ross & John Peacock, sung by Annie Ross
Sound Recordist: John Purchese
Sound Editor: Alan Bell
Dubbing Recordist: Dennis Whitlock
Recording Director: Tony Lumkin [real name: A.W. Lumkin]
RCA Sound System
Wardrobe Supervisor: Laura Nightingale
Make-up: George Blackler
Hairdressing: Pearl Tipaldi
Art Director: Scott MacGregor
Asst. Art Director: Richard Rambaut
Construction Manager: Bill Greene
Publicist: Jean Garioch [uncredited]
Made at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, England
Casting Director: James Liggat

Rita Tushingham (Brenda [Thompson])
Shane Briant (Peter)
James Bolam (Joey)
Katya Wyeth (Caroline)
Annie Ross (Lisa)
Tom Bell (Jimmy [Lindsay])
Clare Kelly (Margo)
Harold Berens (Mr Harris)
John Clive (newsagent)
Tommy Godfrey (Mr Godfrey)
Mavis Villiers (Indian princess)
Lola Willard (customer)

Alternative Titles

Dressed for Death – US video title
Ehe der Morgen graut – German title
Quattro farfalle per un'assassino – Italian title
Til Dawn Do Us Part – US video title
The Victim – Australian video title
Y después, sin parar, hasta el final – Spanish title



  • Cinema of the '70s no.1 (2020) pp.49-68 – illustrated article (Straight on till '79: A decade of Hammer horror by Ian Taylor)
  • CinemaTV Today no.9989 (15 July 1972) p.21 – review
  • Dark Terrors no.911 (December 1995) pp.36-41 – illustrated article (Women in Terror! by Jonathan Sothcott)
  • Films and Filming vol.18 no.12 (September 1972) pp.45-46 – credits, review
  • Films Illustrated vol.2 no.14 (August 1972) p.42 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.39 no.463 (August 1972) p.172 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The House That Hammer Built no.8 (April 1998) pp.435-436 – illustrated article (Straight on till Morning)
  • Shivers no.91 (August/Septem2001) p.39 – illustrated article (by Kim Newman)
  • Today's Cinema no.9951 (26 October 1971) p.8 – note (Films shooting in November)
  • Today's Cinema no.9953 (2 November 1971) p.8 – credits (In production)
  • Today's Cinema no.9955 (13 November 1971) pp.12-13;p.15 – article (Hammer's double value by Sue Clarke); credits (In production)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.268
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.217-218
  • Film Review 1973-74 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.233 – credits
  • Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company by Howard Maxford pp.770-771 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Hammer Story by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes pp.148-149 – illustrated article, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.374
  • by Walt Lee p.463 – credits
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.134
  • Ten Years of Terror pp.155-156 – illustrated credits, review (by Tim Greaves)
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.202
  • Video Dungeon: The Collected Reviews by Kim Newman p.463-464