The Harassed Hero
Guy Middleton and Joan Winmill Brown
Directed byMaurice Elvey
Written byBrock Williams
Based onThe Harassed Hero by Ernest Dudley
Produced byClive Nicholas
StarringGuy Middleton
Joan Winmill Brown
Elwyn Brook-Jones
CinematographyHone Glendinning
Edited byAnne Barker
Music byFrank Chacksfield
Corsair Pictures
Distributed byAssociated British-Pathé
Release date
26 July 1954
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Harassed Hero is a 1954 British comedy film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Guy Middleton, Joan Winmill Brown and Elwyn Brook-Jones.[1] It was based on a novel of the same name by Ernest Dudley.[2] The film was produced as a second feature[3] and shot at Walton Studios and on location in London. The film's sets were designed by the art director John Stoll.


Wealthy hypochondriac bachelor Murray Selwyn (Guy Middleton) has been ordered by his doctors to avoid stress, but unfortunately finds himself face to face with a gang of counterfeiters. Murray has unwittingly come into possession of the printing plates the gang is after. His stress levels escalate further when Murray's nurse (Joan Winmill Brown) is kidnapped by the gang.


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "silly comedy routines abound in this patented British farce."[4]


  1. ^ "The Harassed Hero (1954)". BFI. Archived from the original on 15 January 2009.
  2. ^ The complete index to literary sources in film. Alan Goble. London. 1999. ISBN 978-3-11-095194-3. OCLC 868959494.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link) CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ Chibnall & McFarlane p.147
  4. ^ "The Harassed Hero".