The Woman in Black (1989)

UK, 24 December
35mm film, Eastmancolor, 4:3
mono, English

A British horror television film directed by Herbert Wise from a script by Nigel Kneale.

Plot Summary

Arthur Kid, a young solicitor, is sent to the seaside town of Crythin to settle the estate of a lonely old woman who recently died. The locals don't seem keen on venturing too near to the woman's house and Kidd is soon being followed by a mysterious and sinister woman in black. At the woman's house, he starts to uncover terrible secrets that could lead to even more tragedy.


Director: Herbert Wise
© MCMLXXXIX [1989] Central Independent Television PLC
A Central Films production. This film was developed in association with Capglobe Limited
Executive Producer: Ted Childs
Producer: Chris Burt
Production Manager: Jeannie Stone
Production Co-ordinator: Dena Vincent
Screenplay: Nigel Kneale
Based on the Book by: Susan Hill
First Assistant Director: Bill Kirk
Second Assistant Director: Trevor Puckle
Third Assistant Director: Cliff Lanning
Script Supervisor: Pauline Harlow
Director of Photography: Michael Davis
Camera Operator: Nick Beeks-Sanders
Focus Puller: Tony Breeze
Clapper Loader: Lucy Bristow
Gaffer Electrician: Steve Blake
Best Boy: Ronnie McKay
Grip: Stuart Godfrey
Cameras Supplied By: Cine-Europe Limited
Lighting by: Lee Electric
Originated on: Eastman colour film from Kodak
Editor: Laurence Méry-Clark
Assistant Editors: Sarah Rains, Sarah Morton, Antonia Van Drimmelen
Colour by: Rank Film Laboratories
Video Transfer: Unitab
Music Composed by: Rachel Portman
Sound Recordist: Tony Dawe
Boom Operator: Chris Gurney
Sound Assistant: Orin Beaton
Dubbing Mixer: Richard King
Dubbing Editor: John Downer
Sound Re-recorded at: Worldwide Sound, London
Costume Designer: Barbara Kronig
Costume Supervisor: Paul Vachon
Costume Assistant: Sarah Burns
Costumes Supplied by: Cosprop
Chief Make-up Artist: Christine Allsopp
Make-up Artist: Connie Reeve
Chief Hairdresser: Vera Mitchell
Assistant Hairdresser: Caroline Clements
Special Effects by: Ace Effects Ltd
Titles: Trevor Bond
Production Designer: Jon Bunker
Art Director: John Ralph
Set Decorator: Ann Mollo
Production Buyer: Ian Gill
Property Master: Brian Payne
Stand-by Propmen: Graeme Purdy, Steven Payne
Dressing Propmen: Dennis Simmonds, Martin Kingsley
Construction by: The John Maher Film Set Co Ltd
Accountant: Terry Connors
Assistant Accountant: Josephine O'Neill
Producer's Assistant: Sandra Frieze
Publicist: Jennifer Collen-Smith
Filmed on location and at Lee International Studios, Wembley
Location Manager: Paul Shersby
Casting by: Marilyn Johnson
Casting Assistant: Laura Scott

Adrian Rawlins as Arthur Kidd
Bernard Hepton (Sam Toovey)
David Daker (Josiah Freston)
Pauline Moran (the woman in black)
David Ryall (Sweetman)
Clare Holman (Stella Kidd)
John Cater (Arnold Pepperell)
John Franklyn-Robbins (Reverend Greet)
Fiona Walker (Mrs Toovey)
William Simons (John Keckwick)
Robin Weaver (Bessie)
Caroline John (Stella's mother)
Joseph Upton (Eddie Kidd)
Steven Mackintosh (Rolfe)
Andrew Nyman (Jackie)
Robert Hamilton (Mr Girdler)
Trevor Cooper (farmer)
Alison King (gypsy woman)
Peter Guinness (stall holder)
Albie Woodington (fireman)
Timothy Block (lorry man)
Mary Lawlor, Clare Thomson (gypsy children)

Alternative Titles

Frau in Schwarz – West Germany

See also
The Woman in Black (2012)



  • Films and Filming no.414 (April 1989) p.5 – review
  • The Listener vol.122 no.3145 (21 December 1989) p.48 – review
  • The Listener vol.123 no.3146 (4 January 1990) p.38 – review
  • Screen International no.690 (4 February 1989) p.74 – note
  • Screen International no.696 (18 March 1989) p.17 – credits


  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.565 – credits