Floods of Fear

Floods of Fear

British quad poster
Directed by Charles Crichton
Produced by Sydney Box
Written by Charles Crichton (screenplay)
Vivienne Knight (additional dialogue)
Based on novel by John Hawkins and Ward Hawkins
Starring Howard Keel
Anne Heywood
Cyril Cusack
Music by Alan Rawsthorne
Cinematography Christopher Challis
Edited by Peter Bezencenet
Distributed by J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Universal Pictures (USA)
Release dates
18 November 1958 (London) (UK)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £300,000[1]

Floods of Fear is a 1959 British thriller film directed by Charles Crichton and starring Howard Keel, Anne Heywood and Harry H. Corbett.[2] [3] Its plot is about a convict framed for murder who escapes during a flood and aids a woman in distress.

Howard Keel recalled the filming in his autobiography Only Make Believe: My Life in Show Business: "All the flood scenes were filmed on one of the large stages at Pinewood Studios. The water had to be both dirty and cold, and it was. They couldn't heat it for fear it might get rancid. That was another tough picture. Anne Heywood never once protested about the water. [Charles] Crichton, who had a great sense of humor, had directed some very funny pictures. Cyril Cusack and I were good friends. We had a little contest over Anne. He was a real cutie, as well as a hell of an actor, but I won out." [4]


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "Heywood is a joy to watch as she stands up to the impending aquatic doom" ;[5] while the Radio Times wrote, "well performed by an able cast Dallas star Howard Keel, Steptoe and Son's Harry H Corbett, Cyril Cusack and, in particular, damsel in distress Anne Heywood this is typical, and unremarkable, British 1950s B-movie fare." [6]


  1. Andrew Spicer, Sydney Box Manchester Uni Press 2006 p 159
  2. folsominc2 (12 February 1959). "Floods of Fear (1958)". IMDb.
  3. "Floods of Fear". BFI.
  4. "Floods of Fear". Turner Classic Movies.
  5. "Floods Of Fear". TVGuide.com.
  6. Alan Jones. "Floods of Fear". RadioTimes.

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