All the Way Up
Nat Cohen had developed a reputation as a crass, commercial producer, interested more in profits than quality. This chapter analyses Cohen’s early years with EMI, and argues that this portrayal is unfair. Films such as Spring and Port Wine, Entertaining Mr Sloane, and The Body were some of the more interesting British productions of the early 1970s and were all produced under Cohen’s reign. And while he was also responsible for several more commercial co-productions with Hammer Films, such as Horror of Frankenstein and Scars of Dracula, this chapter argues that Cohen’s funding enabled Hammer to produce some of its more challenging genre films such as Demons of the Mind, and much of its non-horror output, like On the Buses and Love Thy Neighbour, which connected with many of the key political concerns of the early 1970s.