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Captain Clegg (1962)

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One of those Hammer productions that is cleverer than you think on the level of story – Peter Cushing’s casting as the vicar in a village rumoured to be a centre for smuggling becomes more significant for the alert viewer as the narrative progresses. He turned down the lead role in Night of the Eagle for this. Captain Collier (Patrick Allen of the deep War of the Worlds voice…) is sent to investigate and is diverted by a group of locals including the son of the local squire, Oliver Reed in an early appearance, who is romancing the exotic barmaid, Yvonne Romain. Co-written by Anthony Hinds/John Elder, son of the Hammer co-founder until he was booted out to make way for Alfred Hitchcock’s old secretary/script assistant, Joan Harrison, and directed by Peter Graham Scott, who would probably be better known to some as a director of classic BBC series, The Onedin Line.

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