A Cool Sound from Hell

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A Cool Sound from Hell
Directed by Sidney J. Furie
Written by Sidney J. Furie
Starring Anthony Ray
Alan Crofoot
Music by Phil Nimmons
Cinematography Herbert Alpert
Edited by David Nicholson
Release date
London, England, 1959
Running time
71 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

A Cool Sound from Hell is a 1959 Canadian film directed by Sidney J. Furie.[1]

Despite having been flmed in Toronto, the film was released theatrically only in England, and never screened in North America.[2] The film was later thought to have been lost, but was eventually located in British Film Institute archives[3] and finally had its North American premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.[4]

Plot summary[edit]

Furie second film, A Cool Sound from Hell is about a young man (Anthony Ray) who becomes disillusioned with the beat crowd he hangs with when they become involved with drugs. The soundtrack was provided by jazz great Phil Nimmons. Shortly after making this film Furie left for England where his career took off in 1961 with The Young Ones starring Cliff Richard.


  1. ^ Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Film, ed. Wyndham Wise, University of Toronto Press, 2001, p. 83
  2. ^ "Historicist: Sidney Furie and A Dangerous Age". Torontoist, April 4, 2015.
  3. ^ "Cool Sounds from the Vault: A Cinematic Detective Story". Filmmaker, June 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "Critic's Notebook: Toronto, Telluride and Venice Film Fests Promise Riches After Cruel Summer". The Hollywood Reporter, August 29, 2016.

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