The Man in Black (film)

Not to be confused with Men in Black (film).
The Man in Black

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Directed by Francis Searle
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Written by John Gilling
from a story by Francis Searle
from the radio series by John Dickson Carr
Starring Betty Ann Davies
Sheila Burrell
Sid James
Valentine Dyall
Music by Rupert Grayson
Frank Spencer
Cinematography Cedric Williams
Edited by John Ferris
Ray Pitt
Distributed by Exclusive Films (UK)
Release dates
  • January 1950 (1950-01)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Man in Black is a 1949 British thriller film directed by Francis Searle and starring Betty Ann Davies, Sheila Burrell and Sid James.[1] It was adapted by Hammer Film Productions from the popular British radio series Appointment with Fear featuring Valentine Dyall.[2] Dyall (The "Man in Black" of the radio series) here provides the on screen introduction to the film, as "The Story-Teller".[3]


After the death of her yogi father during a freak "yoga accident", Joan Clavering returns home to her widowed and suddenly very wealthy step-mother Bertha. The latter conspires with her daughter Janice to drive Joan insane and deprive her of her rightful inheritance.[4][5] [6]

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