British theatrical poster
Directed byJohn Gilling
Screenplay byJohn Gilling
Based ona story by John Gilling
Guido Coen
Produced byGuido Coen
CinematographyGeoffrey Faithfull
Edited byWilliam Lewthwaite
Ingram Films
Distributed byBryanston Films (UK)
Release date
  • 1963 (1963) (UK)
Running time
69 min
CountryUnited Kingdom

Panic is a 1963 British 'B' [1] crime film directed by John Gilling and starring Dyson Lovell, Janine Gray and Glyn Houston.[2][3] The screenplay was by Gilling from a story by Gilling and Guido Coen.

A young Swiss woman loses her memory and becomes mixed up with a gang of diamond thieves, one of whom is her boyfriend.


Janine Heinig lives with her jazz trumpeter boyfriend Johnnie Cobb. Unknown to her, Johnnie is a member of a criminal gang and has obtained a letter from her boss, diamond dealer Mr Jessop, which was given to Janine for posting. It states that two German businessmen will be calling at his office to collect a priceless diamond. Gang members Ben and Tom impersonate the Germans and as they force Jessop to hand over the diamond, he tries to raise the alarm and they shoot him.

Janine is knocked unconscious and awakes with total amnesia. She wanders the streets and rents a seedy room. The police are seeking Janine and her picture is in the newspapers. She takes refuge in a café and meets Mike, a kind-hearted sailor and ex-boxer. Mike falls in love with her and wants to get her out of the country via his shipping contacts. To raise the money he goes back to the boxing ring. Meanwhile Johnnie is on the trail of Janine and Mike, intending to silence them both. After the fight, Johnnie attacks Mike. Janine arrives and shoots Johnnie.


Critical reception

The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote: "Dim second feature, flatly scripted and indifferently acted. A great deal of the footage seems to be devoted to the heroine's amnesiac mooning."[4]

Kine Weekly wrote: "This is a slow and rather corny tale, but it has its moments of entertainment. ... The picture has a curiously unimportant air about it. The characters never come to life and the ration of incident is sparse, though a couple of fights carry some impact. Janine Gray does her pretty best with a role that requires her to wear a puzzled, lost memory look for much of the time"[5]

TV Guide called it "A hollow crime melodrama."[6]

The Dark Side called it "an atmospheric British noir."[7]  


  1. ^ Chibnall, Steve; McFarlane, Brian (2009). The British 'B' Film. London: BFI/Bloomsbury. p. 194. ISBN 978-1-8445-7319-6.
  2. ^ "Panic". British Film Institute Collections Search. Retrieved 9 May 2024.
  3. ^ "Panic (1965)". BFI. Archived from the original on 11 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Panic". The Monthly Film Bulletin. 32 (372): 57. 1 January 1965 – via ProQuest.
  5. ^ "Panic". Kine Weekly. 574 (2998): 16. 18 March 1965 – via ProQuest.
  6. ^ "Panic | TV Guide".
  7. ^ Neville, King. "Review: Panic | The Dark Side".