Can you help

This is a new section that will ask for your help to enhance our knowledge of cinema history. Usually, we'll be taking a well-known actor or film and trying to fill in a few gaps in their histories, or trying to identify a still.

Who are these people?

A visitor found this battered old photo of her grandfather and wanted to know who these people are.

Her grandfather is John Lynch (front row, third from right).

The most famous face in the photo is that of John Mills. Can you identify anyone else?

cast and crew photo


Thanks to several site visitors we've narrowed the film down to The October Man.

Jeff Bramfitt has kindly provided these pictures:

Eric Ambler

Writer/producer Eric Ambler (to the left of John Mills in the main picture) with John Mills 

 Roy Ward Baker

Director Roy Ward Baker (to the right of John Mills in the main picture)

Erwin Hillier

Cinematographer Erwin Hillier (to the right of Roy Ward Baker in the main picture)

Others possibly identified:

back row, in flat cap - Alfie Bass

crouching, right hand side - Guy Middleton

behind camera between film cans - Geoffrey Keen

behind John Mills and to the left - Kenneth Griffith

second row, second form left - Catherine Lacey

Here is a clearer version of the picture kindly restored by Geoffrey Geddes:

Cast and crew of mystery picture


If you have any idea of any more of the crew then please send an email to us.

Previous can-you-helps are here.