Hell Is a City

Hell Is a City
Directed by Val Guest
Produced by Michael Carreras
Screenplay by Val Guest
Based on Hell Is a City
by Maurice Procter
Starring Stanley Baker
John Crawford
Music by Stanley Black
Cinematography Arthur Grant
Edited by John Dunsford
James Needs
Distributed by Warner-Pathé Distributors (UK)
Columbia Pictures (USA)
Release dates
10 April 1960
13 November 1960
Running time
98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £115,000

Hell Is a City is a 1960 film based on the novel by Maurice Procter.[1] Written and directed by Val Guest, it was made by British studio Hammer Film Productions and filmed in Manchester.[2] It was partly inspired by the British New Wave films.[3]

Plot summary

Committed but seen-it-all police inspector Martineau rightly guesses that after a violent jailbreak a local criminal will head home to Manchester to pick up the spoils from his last job. Martineau is soon investigating a murder during a street robbery which seems to lead back to the same villain. Concentrating on the case and using his local contacts to try to track the gang down, he is aware he is not keeping his own personal life together as well as he might.



  1. "Hell Is a City (1960) - Screenplay Info". TCM.com. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  2. "Hell Is a City | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  3. Historical Dictionary of British Cinema - Alan Burton, Steve Chibnall - Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-13.

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