A Cool Sound from Hell

A Cool Sound from Hell is a 1959 Canadian film directed by Sidney J. Furie.[2]

A Cool Sound from Hell
Directed bySidney J. Furie
Written bySidney J. Furie
StarringAnthony Ray
Alan Crofoot
Music byPhil Nimmons
CinematographyHerbert Alpert
Edited byDavid Nicholson
Release date
London, England, 1959
Running time
71 minutes

Plot summary

A young man (Anthony Ray) becomes disillusioned with the beat crowd he hangs with when they become involved with drugs.


Furie's second film. Shortly after making this film Furie left for England where his career took off in 1961 with The Young Ones starring Cliff Richard.

The soundtrack was provided by jazz great Phil Nimmons.


Despite having been filmed in Toronto, Canada, the film was released theatrically only in England, and never screened in North America.[3] The film was later thought to have been lost, but was eventually located in the British Film Institute archives[4] and finally had its North American premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.[5]


  1. "Canadian-made Films". Variety. March 24, 1959. p. 4. Retrieved June 18, 2019 via Archive.org.
  2. Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Film, ed. Wyndham Wise, University of Toronto Press, 2001, p. 83
  3. "Historicist: Sidney Furie and A Dangerous Age". Torontoist, April 4, 2015.
  4. "Cool Sounds from the Vault: A Cinematic Detective Story". Filmmaker, June 23, 2014.
  5. "Critic's Notebook: Toronto, Telluride and Venice Film Fests Promise Riches After Cruel Summer". The Hollywood Reporter, August 29, 2016.

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