The Little Red Monkey 1955

I do remember this, as a child, being a 6 part serial on the BBC. I had thought that this had been written by Francis Durbridge who at the time seemed to have his stories mystery drama on BBCTV all of the time it seemed – must admit that they were always good. However this was one that he hadn’t written

Anyway quite quickly after this went out, it was made as a film and from what I can find, the film did well at the Box Office

Richard Conte is the visiting American actor for this British-made thriller with Russell Napier (Harrington ) charged with investigating the deaths of British nuclear scientists.

A monkey creature seems to have been present at each of the killings.

The song and the theme tune from the BBC serial and from the film is quite well known – in fact at the time time very well known

Richard Conte came over to England to make this film and here he is in a scene with Rona Anderson ABOVE.

Also cast was Colin Tapley who was mentioned in the last Article . – ‘The Steel Key’.

I am always drawn to this actor because of where he was born, and he had such a film career both in Hollywood where he was in the first major Technicolor film ‘Becky Sharp’ and other quite big films before War came and he joined the forces. Upon his return he again went to Hollywood and was in the blockbuster ‘Samson and Delilah’ before coming back to England and a long run of films such as this one.

I mention the place he was born Dunedin in New Zealand – somewhere I have been to twice and each time fell in love with the place.

After the War he had returned with his wife briefly before heading back to England. He and his wife had a son who died aged 3 and who is buried in Wanaka New Zealand close to Dunedin and this is where Colin was laid to rest in December 1995 – next to his boy

ABOVE Colin Tapley in ‘Becky Sharp’ 1935 in Hollywood

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