The Impersonator (1960)

35mm film, black and white
mono (Westrex Sound System), English

A British borderline horror film directed by Alfred Shaughnessy.

Plot Summary

An American Air Force officer is implicated in the murder of a schoolmistress in a small English village and he sets out to both clear his name and unmask the real killer. His investigations lead him to a psychotic pantomime dame…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Alfred Shaughnessy
© 1960 Herald Film Productions Ltd.
Bryanston presents
Produced by: Anthony Perry
Associate Producer: Harold Orton
Screenplay by: Alfred Shaughnessy and Kenneth Cavander
Assistant Director: Donald Toms
Continuity: Dot Foreman
Director of Photography: John Coquillon
Camera Operator: Bob Thomson
Editor: John Bloom
Music by: De Wolfe
Sound Recording: Dudley Messenger
Dubbing Editor: Matt McCarthy
Wardrobe: Anthony Mendelsohn
Make Up: George Blackler
Hairdressing: Biddy Chrystal
Title Ideas: Gil Kirk
Art Director: Jack Maxsted
Made at: Pinewood Studios, London, England

John Crawford (Jimmy Bradford)
Jane Griffiths (Ann Loring)
Patricia Burke (Mrs Lloyd)
John Salew (Harry Walker)
John Dare (Tommy Lloyd)
John Arnatt (police inspector)
Edmund Glover
Gwen Williams
Barbara Cavan
Yvonne Ball [principal boy] *



  • The Daily Cinema no.8461 (19 May 1961) p.15 – review
  • Empire no.244 (October 2009) p.150 – illustrated DVD review (At home/DVD new: Dungeon breakout: The Impersonator by Kim Newman
  • Kine Weekly no.2798 (18 May 1961) p.29 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.28 no.329 (June 1961) p.82 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Shivers no.81 (September 2000) p.41 – illustrated review (by Kim Newman)


  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.61, 123