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No Smoking
Directed byHenry Cass
Screenplay byKenneth Hayles
Phil Park
Based onNo Smoking by George Moresby-White and Rex Rienits[1]
Produced byRobert S. Baker
Monty Berman
StarringReg Dixon
Peter Martyn
Belinda Lee
Lionel Jeffries
CinematographyMonty Berman
Edited byJack Slade
Music byIvor Slaney
Distributed byEros Films
Release date
November 1955
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

No Smoking is a 1955 British comedy film directed by Henry Cass and starring Reg Dixon, Peter Martyn, Belinda Lee and Lionel Jeffries.[2][3][4] It was produced by Tempean Films as a second feature. The film was shot at Southall Studios with sets designed by the art director Wilfred Arnold. Shortly after the production Lee was signed up for a contract with the Rank Organisation.


Reg Bates is a scientist who invents a pill that can cure smokers of their nicotine addiction. This is revealed by a visiting American, Hal Hurst. Bates faces strong opposition from both the tobacco industry and the government.



It was based on a 1952 TV play.[5] One review said it had "plenty of good family fun."[6]

It was made at Alliance Studios, Southall. It was one of only a few movies starring Reg Dixon.[7] It was one of several comedies featuring Belinda Lee.[8]


The Monthly Film Bulletin said "the action does not fizz; the bubbles never quite come to the surface."[9]


  1. ^ Goble, Alan (8 September 2011). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110951943 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "No Smoking - Film". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  3. ^ "No Smoking (1955)". BFI. Archived from the original on 6 October 2019.
  4. ^ NO SMOKING (Tempean-Eros) Picture Show; London Vol. 61, Iss. 1707, (Dec 17, 1955): 10.
  5. ^ 1952 TV play at IMDb
  6. ^ Specially Written TV Play is Effective Author: J. Stubbs Walker Date: Monday, Mar. 17, 1952 Publication: Daily Mail (London, England) Issue: 17415 p2
  7. ^ BACKBEAT: 1950: Confidentially - it's our Reg ; BECAUSE THEY DON'T MAKE MUSIC LIKE THEY USED TO!: [First Edition] Chambers, Peter. Coventry Evening Telegraph; Coventry [Coventry]25 Jan 2005: 16, 17.
  8. ^ Vagg, Stephen (7 September 2020). "A Tale of Two Blondes: Diana Dors and Belinda Lee". Filmink.
  9. ^ NO SMOKING Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 22, Iss. 252, (Jan 1, 1955): 181.