Films: Mervyn Johns

The Day of the Triffids

  • 1962
  • UK
  • 1h 33min
  • Directed by: Steve Sekely
  • Cast: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Mervyn Johns

After a meteor shower leaves everyone who witnesses it blind, one man (who handily had his eyes bandaged in hospital) has to battled against the outcome – flesh-eating triffids.

Valley of Song

  • 1953
  • 1h 20min
  • U
  • Directed by: Gilbert Gunn
  • Cast: Mervyn Johns, Clifford Evans, Maureen Swanson

Rivalries flare up when the lead position opens up in a rural Welsh male choir.

Scrooge

  • 4 stars
  • 1951
  • UK / US
  • 1h 26min
  • U
  • Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
  • Written by: Noel Langley
  • Cast: Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Michael Dolan
  • UK release: 31 October 1951

One of the best screen adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The story concerns the overly prudent businessman Ebeneezer Scrooge (Sim), who becomes a saint overnight. Dickens was never afraid to tackle the big issues: the threat to children's lives, whether they are privileged or poverty-stricken, is one of…

Helter Skelter

  • 1949
  • UK
  • 1h 24min
  • Directed by: Ralph Thomas
  • Cast: Carol Marsh, David Tomlinson, Mervyn Johns

A radio DJ goes on a mission to rid his romantic interest of her hiccups.

Dead of Night

  • 5 stars
  • 1945
  • UK
  • 1h 43min
  • Directed by: Alberto Cavalcanti/Charles Crichton/Basil Dearden
  • Cast: Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Roland Culver

An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. His fellow guests encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.

The Halfway House

  • 3 stars
  • 1944
  • UK
  • 1h 35min
  • U
  • Directed by: Basil Dearden
  • Written by: Angus MacPhail, Diana Morgan
  • Cast: Tom Walls, Mervyn Johns, Glynis Johns, Françoise Rosay

Ealing Studios fantasy drama in which a group of trouble-stricken people arrive at a remote country inn and are told they have a year off from real life in which to resolve their difficulties.

The Next of Kin

  • 1942
  • UK
  • 1h 42min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Thorold Dickinson
  • Cast: Mervyn Johns, John Chandos, Nova Pilbeam

A gossiping mother is overheard discussing what her son is doing in the war by a Nazi spy.

Went The Day Well?

  • 1942
  • UK
  • 1h 32min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Alberto Cavalcanti
  • Written by: Graham Greene (story), John Dighton, Angus MacPhail, Diana Morgan
  • Cast: Leslie Banks, Mervyn Johns, Basil Sydney, CV France, Valerie Taylor, Thora Hird, David Farrar

The original intention might have been to make a propaganda thriller to warn the British public about German infiltrators, but superior filmmaking qualities mean that Went the Day Well? has stood the test of time. A German paratroop regiment invade a remote UK village, but the locals fight back with uncompromising…