The Spaniard’s Curse (1958)

80m, 7,161 feet
35mm film, black and white
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Ralph Kemplen.

Plot Summary

Guy Stevenson, wrongly convicted of a murder he didn't commit, evokes an ancient Spanish curse, The Assize of the Dying, shortly before he mysteriously dies on the way to prison. Various members of the jury and courtroom team start to die and it's up to Margaret Manton, daughter of the judge who tried the case to save the day, unmasking the real killer and exposing the supposed curse for what it really is.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Ralph Kemplen
Copyright MCMLVII [1957] [company not named]
A Wentworth film. Distribution controlled by Independent Film Distributors
Executive Producer: A.M.G. Gelardi
Produced by: Roger Proudlock
Associate Producer: Ben Arbeid
Screenplay by: Kenneth Hyde
From the original story [The Assize of the Dying] by Edith Pargeter
Script by: Ralph Kemplen & Roger Proudlock
Assistant Director: Douglas Hickox
Continuity: Splinters Deeson
Director of Photography: Arthur Grant
[Camera] Operator: Moray Grant
Sound Camera Operator: Peter Day *
Editor: Stanley Hawkes
Music Composed and Directed by: Lambert Williamson
Theme Song Recorded by: Joan Regan
Sound Recordist: Bernard Brown
RCA Sound Recording
Wardrobe: Jean Fairlie
Lingerie by: Kayser
Make-up: Bill Lodge
Hairdressing: Barbara Barnard
Production Designer: Tony Masters
Producer's Assistant: Clive Howson
Made and Recorded at: Walton Studios, England

Tony Wright (Charlie Manton)
Lee Patterson (Mark Brett)
Michael Hordern (Judge Manton)
Susan Beaumont (Margaret Manton)
Ralph Truman (Sir Robert Wyvern)
Henry Oscar (Mr Fredericks)
Brian Oulton (Frank Porter)
Olga Dickie (Hannah)
Roddy Hughes (Jody)
Joe Gibbons
Basil Dignam [Guy Stevenson – uncredited]
John Watson *



  • Daily Cinema no.8014 (13 June 1958) p.7 – review
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.2652 (12 June 1958) p.20 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.25 no.294 (July 1958) p.92 – credits, synopsis, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.116
  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.378 – credits, synopsis
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.106
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith p.201