Little Red Monkey

Little Red Monkey, released in the United States as Case of the Red Monkey, is a 1955 British crime film directed by Ken Hughes and starring Richard Conte, Rona Anderson and Russell Napier.[1] Detectives from Scotland Yard investigate a series of murders of leading Nuclear scientist, and are intrigued by strange reports received about the crimes. The film was based on a popular BBC TV series of the same name, written by Eric Maschwitz and produced by Bill Lyon-Shaw, which ran for six 30-minute episodes in 1953.[2]

Little Red Monkey
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKen Hughes
Produced byAlec C. Snowden
Written byEric Maschwitz
James Eastwood
Ken Hughes
StarringRichard Conte
Rona Anderson
Russell Napier
Sylva Langova
Music byTrevor Duncan
CinematographyJosef Ambor
Edited byInman Hunter
Geoffrey Muller
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated (UK)
Allied Artists Pictures (US)
Release date
3 June 1955 (W.Germany)
19 June 1955 (US)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film was made by Anglo-Amalgamated at Merton Park Studios. The film was an international hit, and along with Confession proved a breakthrough for Anglo-Amalgamated. After its success the company began making more expensive productions, often importing American stars to give them more international appeal.[3]



The film was an early effort from Todon Productions.[4]


  2. "Donald Houston and Honor Blackman in 'LITTLE RED MONKEY'". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  3. Chibnall & McFarlane p.99
  4. Todon Doing 6th Picture Los Angeles Times 5 Feb 1956: D3.


  • Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.
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