Floods of Fear

Floods of Fear is a 1958 British thriller film directed by Charles Crichton and starring Howard Keel, Anne Heywood and Harry H. Corbett.[2][3]

Floods of Fear
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Directed byCharles Crichton
Produced bySydney Box
Written byCharles Crichton (screenplay)
Vivienne Knight (additional dialogue)
Based onA Girl, a Man, and a River by John Hawkins and Ward Hawkins
StarringHoward Keel
Anne Heywood
Cyril Cusack
Music byAlan Rawsthorne
CinematographyChristopher Challis
Edited byPeter Bezencenet
Distributed byJ. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Universal Pictures (USA)
Release date
18 November 1958 (London) (UK)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


During a flood, convicts Donovan (Howard Keel) and Peebles (Cyril Cusack) escape, but they become marooned in a house, along with one of their prison guards Sharkey (Harry H. Corbett) and a young woman Elizabeth Mathews (Anne Heywood) who lives there. Having managed to escape, Donovan is determined to prove his innocence and that he was wrongly jailed for murdering a woman.



Howard Keel recalled the filming in his autobiography Only Make Believe: My Life in Show Business: "All the flood scenes were filmed on one of the large stages at Pinewood Studios. The water had to be both dirty and cold, and it was. They couldn't heat it for fear it might get rancid. That was another tough picture. Anne Heywood never once protested about the water. [Charles] Crichton, who had a great sense of humor, had directed some very funny pictures. Cyril Cusack and I were good friends. We had a little contest over Anne. He was a real cutie, as well as a hell of an actor, but I won out." [4]

Critical receptionEdit

TV Guide wrote, "Heywood is a joy to watch as she stands up to the impending aquatic doom" ;[5] while the Radio Times wrote, "well performed by an able cast Dallas star Howard Keel, Steptoe and Son's Harry H Corbett, Cyril Cusack and, in particular, damsel in distress Anne Heywood this is typical, and unremarkable, British 1950s B-movie fare." [6]


  1. ^ Andrew Spicer, Sydney Box Manchester Uni Press 2006 p 159
  2. ^ folsominc2 (12 February 1959). "Floods of Fear (1958)". IMDb.
  3. ^ "Floods of Fear". BFI. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Floods of Fear". Turner Classic Movies.
  5. ^ "Floods Of Fear". TVGuide.com.
  6. ^ Alan Jones. "Floods of Fear". RadioTimes.