Hell Is a City

Hell Is a City is a 1960 British crime thriller 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]

Hell Is a City
Directed byVal Guest
Produced byMichael Carreras
Screenplay byVal Guest
Based onHell Is a City
by Maurice Procter
StarringStanley Baker
John Crawford
Music byStanley Black
CinematographyArthur Grant
Edited byJohn Dunsford
James Needs
Distributed byWarner-Pathé Distributors (UK)
Columbia Pictures (USA)
Release date
10 April 1960
13 November 1960
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

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 13 April 2014.
  2. "Hell Is a City | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  3. Historical Dictionary of British Cinema - Alan Burton, Steve Chibnall - Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2014.

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