What a Carve Up (1961)

UK, 1962
35mm film, black and white
mono (RCA Sound Recording), English

A British comedy horror directed by Pat Jackson. Although based on the same source novel as The Ghoul (1933), the two films tell very different stories. Production began on 4 April 1Variety 5 April 1961 p.17


Ernest Broughton, a nervy proof reader engrossed in a horror novel, learns from a creepy messenger that he's been named in his late uncle's will and sets off for the reading at the obligatory old dark house with his cynical flatmate Sid. At the remote old pile they encounter the usual motley crew one would expect, including a dotty aunt who insists that the supposedly late uncle may not actually be as late as he seems.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Pat Jackson
Copyright New World Pictures 1961
Produced by: Robert S. Baker, Monty Berman
Production Manager: Johnny Goodman
Screenplay: Ray Cooney and Tony Hilton
From “The Ghoul” by Frank King
Assistant Director: Geoffrey Helman
Continuity: Pamela Carlton
Photographed by: Monty Berman
Camera Operator: Gerry Fisher
Editor: Gordon Pilkington
Music Composed and Conducted by: Muir Mathieson
Played by: Sinfonia of London
Sound Recordist: George Adams
Sound Editor: Jeanne Henderson
Costume Designer: Jean Fairlie *
Make Up: Alex Garfath
Hairdresser: Joyce Wood
Art Director: Ivan King
Made at Twickenham Studios, London, England
Casting: Betty White

Sidney James (Sid)
Kenneth Connor (Ernie)
Shirley Eaton (Linda Dickson)
Dennis Price (Guy Broughton)
Donald Pleasence (Everett Sloane)
Michael Gough (Fisk)
Esma Cannon (Aunt Emily)
Michael Gwynn (Malcolm Broughton)
Valerie Taylor (Janet Broughton)
Philip O'Flynn (Arkwright)
George Woodbridge (Edward Broughton)
Frederick Piper (hearse driver)
Timothy Bateson (porter)
Adam Faith [himself] *

Alternative Titles

Ååh, en sån skräcknatt! – Sweden
Leiche auf Urlaub – Austria
Masser af mord – Denmark
No Place Like Homicide! – US title
One Exciting Night – shooting title
Sette allegri cadaveri – Italy
Voi meitä, kummitus tulee! – Finland

See also
The Ghoul (1933)



  • Variety 5 April 1961 p.17 (USA) – credits (Hollywood production pulse )