The Secret of the Loch

The Secret of the Loch is a 1934 British film about the Loch Ness Monster. It is the first film made about the monster.[1][2][3]

The Secret of the Loch
Directed byMilton Rosmer
Produced byBray Wyndham
Written byCharles Bennett
Billie Bristow
StarringSeymour Hicks
Music byPeter Mendoza
CinematographyJames Wilson
Edited byDavid Lean
Wyndham Productions
Release date
May 1934 (UK)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Charles Bennett says the film was based on his original idea. He later admitted it was "terrible... but amusing".[4]


Professor Heggie is determined to prove to a sceptical scientific community the existence of a dinosaur in Loch Ness. Young London reporter Jimmy Anderson believes him and offers to help. He also falls in love with Maggie, the professor's daughter. Jimmy finally plucks up the courage to enter the Loch himself, and comes face to face with the monster.



Charles Bennett and Billie Bristow visited Loch Ness in December 1933 to research the film.[5]

The film was known as Sinister Deeps.[6]

The film was shot over four weeks.[7]

Critical reception

TV Guide called the film "a trite programmer which doesn't make one believe in the humans' actions, much less the sea serpent's"; [8] while Allmovie called it a "fairly amusing British monster movie...obscure but entertaining oddity";[9] and Britmovie noted an "enjoyable comic romp."[10]


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  2. "The Secret of the Loch". BFI.
  3. "LETTER from LONDON". The Advertiser (Adelaide). South Australia. 21 April 1934. p. 9. Retrieved 24 April 2018 via National Library of Australia.
  4. Tom Waver, Double Feature Creature Attack: A Monster Merger of Two More Volumes of Classic Interviews McFarland, 2003 p 18-19
  5. LOCH NESS MONSTER: Two 'Planes and Yacht in Search PREPARING TO MAKE A FILM The Scotsman 19 Dec 1933: 9.
  6. PREPARATIONS FOR "MONSTER" FILM: Underwater Scenes in New Production The Scotsman 16 Jan 1934: 11.
  7. "Death Proved Loch Ness Monster Was Real". The Mail (Adelaide). 31, (1, 580). South Australia. 5 September 1942. p. 7. Retrieved 24 April 2018 via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  8. "The Secret Of The Loch". TV Guide.
  9. "The Secret of the Loch (1934) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  10. "The Secret of the Loch".
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