The Monster of Killoon (1952)

UK, 4 March
broadcast live, black and white, 4:3
mono, English

A British borderline fantasy television play written by Geoffrey Kerr.

Plot Summary

An Irish hotel keeper and his daughter invent a lake monster to drum up business. It's not currently clear if a real monster ever turns up.


Written by: Geoffrey Kerr
Producer: Dennis Vance
Settings: Barry Learoyd

Jack Warner (Bill Anderson)
Alfie Bass (Terry O'Conlan)
John Kelly (Michael O'Shaunessy)
Phyllis Morris (Lady Mannington)
Anthony Woodruff (Richard Mannington)
Petula Clark (Katie Anderson)
Esme Beringer (Mrs Appleby)
Richard Bebb (David Fayne)
Deering Wells (Sir Frederick Barnsley)
Wilfred Walter (Thomas Chadworth)


Manchester Evening News 5 March 1952 p.3
Lately TV has given us some delightful comedy. The play “The Monster of Killoon” was in real Irish vein and Petula Clark was a most engaging colleen in her first straight play part. Barry Learoyd had made a particularly good job of the sets. – by “Mr Manchester”

The Sketch 12 March 1952 p.237
Now, in order to prove that we are not in a crusty mood, let us give high marks to a delightfully fresh, light comedy by Geoffrey Kerr, The Monster of Killoon, produced by Dennis Vance and acted charmingly by Petula Clark, Jack Warner, John Kelly and others. The story of an hotel-keeper in Ireland inventing the monster to stimulate trade is a chuckle-making mixture of artfulness, cynicism and sentiment, and provided a happy evening's viewing. – by Cyril Butcher



  • Huddersfield Daily Examiner 29 February 1952 p.5 – illustrated note (Petula Clark in comedy)
  • Manchester Evening News 5 March 1952 p.3 – review (Mr Manchester's diary: our teleview)
  • The Sketch 12 March 1952 p.237 – review (Talking of television by Cyril Butcher)
  • The Stage 21 February 1952 p.7 – note (Television)
  • Sunday Mercury 2 March 1952 p.13 – preview (Television and radio)