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Film: Some People (1962) – Public Showing – Report

25th April 2018

The showing of the film last month turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable and successful event for the organisers. For Phil and Richard there was the added bonus of meeting contributors to our Website and Sarah from Talking Pictures TV with whom we now have working association. A Report on the day can be had…

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SPRING MEETING – 19th April

14th March 2018

The Spring’s Meeting is being held around Little Venice and Maida Vale in London W9 on Thursday 19th April. There are four public houses within easy walking distance of each other. We are proposing to meet in the Warwick Castle on Warwick Place at 4pm. The pub is a short walk from Warwick Road Underground station…

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Newcastle on Film and Television – NEW Book

12th March 2018

Chris Phipps has drawn our attention to his recently published book Forget Carter: Newcastle on Film and Television Newcastle and the region is frequently associated with TV and Film icons such as Get Carter, Byker Grove, The Tube and Our Friends in the North. However, how many know where Ralph Richardson stole money from in 1939?…

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Film: Some People (1962) – Public Showing

20th February 2018

The Universities of Bristol and East Anglia have organised a Public screening and a subsequent Panel Discussion of Director Clive Donner’s film Some People (1962) at the Watershed, Harbourside, Bristol on Saturday 24th March at 13.00. Filmed in Eastmancolor it was shot entirely on location in Bristol with a soundtrack that promoted local musicians and…

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Our New Website

7th January 2018

Welcome to our new design, Mobile friendly Website. We hope that you find that the changes make the Site easier to navigate and the presentation easier on the eye to view. Our aim has been to achieve these objectives with the minimum of disruption whilst retaining the facility to effect further changes over a period…

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More Joy from Talking Pictures

23rd December 2017

Recently this channel has aired the following wonderful old flicks, packed full of social and architectural history, how we were, how we lived, the hopes, the dreams….…….….. …..…..and those films which coincide with our offerings include; Left, Right and Centre, with Ian Carmichael, Alastair Sim and directed by Sidney Gilliat in 1959. Locations; Berkshire, Kent, London, Surrey….

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Seasons Greetings

19th December 2017

We wish all of you who make such a valuable contribution to the Website and those who just enjoy viewing, our warmest wishes for this Holiday Season. It is the perfect moment to say Thank You to all. The kind words of support and encouragement that we received during the year coupled with all the information is…

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Feature Films – Talking Pictures TV

9th December 2017

Feature films that have been investigated by our sleuths and which have recently appeared on the new TV channel Talking Pictures. channel 81: Freeview, channel343: Sky Digital UK, channel 445: Virgin Media UK, channel 306: Freesat and channel 81 YouView.   Emergency Call, 1952. A young child must have a blood transfusion, but she has a…

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Talking Pictures TV

16th November 2017

It has recently come to our attention that from the afternoon of Thursday 30th November Talking Pictures TV will be available on Freeview NATIONWIDE to 90% of the Country. If you can currently watch Yesterday Channel on number 19 or Home on number 25 you will be able to receive it (well, virtually everyone!). No…

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FILM – Remembrance

25th October 2017

Our contributor friend Dave Wilson has worked tirelessly to obtain a public screening of the long lost film Remembrance.  Released in 1981 and filmed in Plymouth it follows the lives of young Royal Navy recruits and includes many memorable scenes as well as being the first major film role for Gary Oldman. Dave’s efforts have finally…

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Gangland London Film Festival

2nd October 2017

Our contributor friend Aiden McManus (aka Twitter’s FlipLondon Tours) has again drawn our attention to a forthcoming Film Festival in London. Taking place Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th October at the Regent Street Cinema six classic London gangland films are being shown alongside some Q&A sessions with film specialists, crime authors and historians. The…

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Autumn Reel Streets Meeting

Apologies for the short notice, plenty of reasons but no excuses. The autumn get together has been arranged for this Wednesday the 4th October starting at The Holly Bush, 22 Holly Mount, Hampstead London NW3 at 4.30pm, this “watering hole” features in The Killing of Sister George. Suitably refreshed we propose moving back down on to Heath…

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Battersea Society – Film Showing

25th September 2017

It has been brought to our attention that the Society is presenting a public showing of The Happy Family (1952) on Thursday 5th October at the Battersea Power Station Village Hall. This delightful Ealing-style comedy tells the story of Mr and Mrs Lord who refuse to move out of their corner shop on the South…

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Gordon Ostlere Dies Aged 95

19th August 2017

Embed from Getty Images Gordon Ostlere, who has died aged 95, was a real-life doctor until 1952, when under the name 0f Richard Gordon, he wrote Doctor in the House, and a film adaptation followed two years later. Dirk Bogarde, Kenneth More, Donald Sinden and Donald Houston, all at the fictional St Swithin’s hospital devoted…

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Earl Cameron – 100 Today

8th August 2017

Congratulations to Earl Cameron who celebrates his Hundredth Birthday today. He played in many films, some of which appear on our site; Pool of London, Flame in the Streets, Woman for Joe, Thunderball, Sapphire, etc. Well done that man! Thank you for contributing to our entertainment and our site. Best wishes Reel Streets 8th August 2017

Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey

21st July 2017

Contributors to Reelstreets will know that doing what we do can open up opportunities to head for areas that we would not normally consider or visit specific locations that we perhaps had never previously heard of. The latter certainly happened to me when covering The Counterfeit Gang and subsequently learning that Loseley Park and indeed the House, had featured…

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Not 78s, 45s or even LPs

25th April 2017

One hundred and forty-four “now” shots loaded in the last 10 days by our back-room boy. There is a film, “The Small Back Room” where perhaps he learned his trade.. Is this a record or just another example of a flat, grooved, black vinyl disk? Whichever way, our Lad reely has had his nose to…

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Spring Meeting!

5th April 2017

Spring is here and the Reel Streets crew are having a meeting. The gathering will be held in The Royal Oak public house at the corner of Columbia Road and Ezra Street in Hoxton, London E1 on Thursday 20th April 2017 starting at opening time, 16:00hrs (4.00pm). The pub has featured in ‘The Krays’, ‘Legend’,…

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The Soho a Go Go Film Festival

29th March 2017

Our contributor friend Aiden McManus (aka Twitter’s FlipLondon Tours) has drawn our attention to the forthcoming Film Festival taking place on the 29th and 30th April at the Regent Street Cinema (London) . The six films being shown explore Soho’s musical heritage whilst celebrating the fast disappearing scene for which it became synonymous.  An interesting and…

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The Comic Trump

26th March 2017

The “TRUMP” was the children’s comic that a young Harry Fowler read in the classic film “Hue and Cry”, which has nothing in common with the current incumbent of the White House, except perhaps for the comic associations, but both characters appear inspired by adventure stories and believe wholeheartedly in criminal conspiracies. All joking, well…

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Local Guides

22nd March 2017

Google have a scheme/system called “Local Guides” where people put up photos of interesting places taken in their local area, or in areas that they have visited. This system, which contains space for written reviews, is seemingly viewed by hundreds of thousands of people. I launched a Local Guide entry in the summer of 2016,…

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Reel Stories

10th March 2017

Liverpool and the Silver Screen   MUSEUM of LIVERPOOL 11 March 2016 to September 2017 Free entry  #reelstories Reel Stories is a special exhibition of more than 40 original film posters and memorabilia celebrating Liverpool’s starring role in films from the past 60 years. Liverpool is a filmmaker’s dream. It’s a city of storytellers and…

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FILM – Brief Encounter

4th March 2017

When Peter Brown identified the re-used opening footage of Brief Encounter (1945) as the opening footage for the film Wrong Number (1959) late last month he took the opportunity to say that he had never been persuaded by the well recorded fact that it was filmed at Watford Junction. Needless to say, I couldn’t let…

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Unsung Hero

5th February 2017

The anonymous and ubiquitous Peter, him of the shoes in an earlier blog (November 2014), regularly contributes to ReelStreets, and with his eagle eye, scours the capital for available locations. His accuracy with his camera is demonstrated in the latest three pictures now loaded on “One Way Out” that Peter recently submitted. Finding a location is…

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John Hurt – Actor – 1940 – 2017

28th January 2017

Starting with “A Man For All Seasons”, and advancing through “Elephant Man”, “Naked Civil Servant”, “10 Rillington Place”, “Scandal” etc., to H. Potter Esq and Indiana Jones, Hurt was a man of a thousand characters, often spooky, occasionally truly frightening and his appearance in more than one hundred feature films means that he has also…

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Record Breaking Reel Streets

27th January 2017

Well fans, it looks like we will break the record again this month. In March ’16  we were getting 71k files viewed per day, 2.21m in the month. Currently Jan ’17 we are at 75k files per day, so in six days we should have a new block busting, biggest, grandest, super colossial, humongous, mammoth,…

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A plea from the Guvnor

20th January 2017

In the last thirty days we have brought thirty new films to the site – one a day! We’ve identified a fair few previously unknown locations and added another 318 new comparison shots for your amusement, interest and education. That’s not too bad for a site run entirely by enthusiasts. We’ve seen more visitors reaching…

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Brighton TV

13th January 2017

If you live within the Brighton area of the UK it has been drawn to our attention that this station regularly shows a number of B&W British films. The service is available via Freeview 7 or Virgin Media 159. Its broadcast schedule can be viewed at http://thelatest.co.uk Thanks to the Brighton Film Studios and their predecessors…

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Calling All Local RS Historians

28th September 2016

Many of you have done such splendid job of putting your towns on the map that, if it appeals to you, you could do a super job of putting your work on the map, the Google Map, by becoming one of their local guides and receiving Google recognition and benefits. You can use your name,…

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How do we do it?

12th September 2016

Initially there are the obvious visits to imdb and Wikipedia. Then there are DVD special features and the almost unrivalled power of direct inquiry using social media. You realise quickly that Google is your friend. Keyword searches to unearth production articles often have great results and then there is the power of Google Streetview. It allows…

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A Boy, a Girl and a Bike

17th August 2016

We could be referring to the 1949 film on line with Honor Blackman, John McCallum, Diana Dors, Patrick Holt, Anthony Newley, Thora Hird, Lesley Dwyer and  Meg Jenkins, to name a few. Or, if we double up on the mechanical side, it could be Laura Trott and Jason Kenny, our latest gold medalists. Congratulations to both…

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Summer Time, When the Snapping is Easy

31st July 2016

Well, location enthusiasts, what a rotten summer, but obviously many of you have found time to investigate movie sites, the real streets and the actual locations, rather than the on-line collections. A rapid count shows that in the last thirty days about 130 films have been upgraded with recent location shots depicting some of the…

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Quadrophenia London Location Tour

2nd June 2016

Kieran McAleer who has provided us with two location identifications for the film Quadrophenia is proposing a mini-bus tour of the London locations on Saturday 25th June next. If you are interested and or would like to know more he can be contacted on Facebook or on Twitter @CroxleyGreeen

Sixteen Hundred Films now on line and almost Sixty Thousand comparative Photos.

22nd April 2016

Quite apart from the nostalgic pleasures of revisiting, reviewing and reacquainting ourselves with old and older films, past times, remembered places and departed people, the social value of capturing the changes to our townscapes is becoming more and more relevant and important as the speed of inter-city change increases. Dave Wilson’s voyage of discovery around…

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A Blog from “The Guv’nor”

31st March 2016

Dave Wilson played a blinder with Jabberwocky, 31 “thens” and 31 “nows”….full house. Well done that man!  And he threw in a bit of humour, “hope he doesn’t make a habit of it”, ho, ho, as well as some technical knowledge, efflorescence…….indeed. Thanks Dave.

Can you help?

10th March 2016

Paul Tinman, like many others, has an appreciation of the film Innocent Sinners (1958) and is trying to research the lives of the two child actors who played the main characters; June Archer as Lovejoy Mason and Christopher Hay as Tip Malone. The two really talented young actors apparently ‘disappeared’ without trace shortly after that…

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FEBRUARY, 32 films and 429 location shots!

1st March 2016

Well, what a month we’ve had. Quite apart from the sleuths mentioned in the blogs, all the backroom boys, the stalwarts who constantly upgrade, load, travel, investigate, find and photograph tens, dozens and hundreds of individual locations have been endlessly beavering away on your behalf. Peter, Philip, Richard and Simon, the usual suspects, in the…

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Apologies

10th February 2016

We regret all the problems that some of you may have experienced this afternoon (Wednesday10th) in trying to connect to the Website. Our server Host initially experienced a “large distributed denial service attack against the Server network” and in attending to this, subsequent resulting difficulties occurred which resulted in more “down time” than either they…

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Lambeth Bridge – Film Stunt

8th February 2016

How much did the Jackie Chan film producers have to pay into Boris’s coffers for the privilege of closing off Lambeth Bridge and blowing up a bus midway across? Did anyone snap it for ReelStreets? “Not enough warning”, “frightened children” and “terrified tourists” are claims made by some or all of the Guardian, Evening Standard,…

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Correction

2nd October 2015

Well, you can’t believe everything that you read on this site. The Hepworth Studio wasn’t in Shepperton. Sorry. Due to a series of difficulties the original Hepworth Studios were taken over by Walton Studios, which later became Nettlefold Studios, and all three were in Walton-on-Thames. Closed and demolished in 1961

107 Years of Cinema Location History.

1st October 2015

Well, amazing, after more than 100 years, we can travel back in time and the locations, buildings and roads in Dog Outwits The Kidnappers, appear in glorious colour, and not much changed, thanks to our worthy contributor Stephen Dean, who deserves a Reel Streets award of recognition for his outstanding work. We can now boast…

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“Dick Barton” prompts JT’s memories.

19th August 2015

All the recent blogs have been obituaries, but one of our latest films, “Dick Barton Strikes Back” hopefully, now that electronic storage, preservation and reworking are available will never die. “Dick Barton, Special Agent”, was a favourite wireless programme in the late 40’s which always interrupted us kids playing “out the back” in summertime. Dick, Jock…

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Another sad loss, Stephen “Blakey” Lewis

14th August 2015

Star of the “Buses” TV shows and films, and later as the help in Auntie’s shop in Last of the Summer Wine. He could be referred to as the Whine as he was gormless, clueless and invariable miserable. In real life he appears to have been a cheerful chap. He wrote the screenplay for “Sparrows…

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George Cole, Flash Harry”, dies at 90.

11th August 2015

The hero of the St Trinians films, and he who was “Minded”, who appeared in feature films since the 1940’s, has passed away. George’s characters were either “gor blimey” or very posh and he acted with the best British actors of the time but invariably in supporting roles. As a youngster Cole was virtually adopted…

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Thanks for your support.

31st July 2015

Well fans, in the last month we have loaded some 375 “now” shots. Thanks to you all who have contributed your time most generously. Those of you who can identify some of the mystery locations, and so far have only given us teasers, and promises, now that there is a bit of sun around dust…

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This time an 83 year old

13th July 2015

More bad news from the world of film, Omar Sharif, has died of a heart attack, in Cairo. Sharif made more than one hundred films, was an international bridge champion, spoke six languages and had degrees in both maths and physics, was best known for his part in Lawrence of Arabia, and his role as…

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Freedom of Panorama is saved!

11th July 2015

Your voices have been heard by the European Parliament and by the European Commission! After handing over the half a million signatures on Wednesday, the parliament voted yesterday. Thank you, to those of you who took the trouble to let sense prevail.

Another 93 year old bites the dust.

1st July 2015

Patrick Macnee, another of our well known, well loved, British actors is no more. Best remembered in the character of John Steed in the classic TV series of the Avengers. We have several films on site with Macnee in the cast,  “Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” and “Scrooge” amongst them, and dating back some sixty-five…

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Sign of the Four

20th June 2015

Also sometimes called “The Sign of the Four”, a recent film shown on Movies 4 Men, was full of fog, mist and smoke and a few London locations, Tooley Street among them seen and identified in several of our on line epics. Written in 1890, and probably depicting events that took place during the life…

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Dracula dies, aged 93

11th June 2015

Sir Christopher Lee, the best loved Count Dracula, died yesterday. A loss to film fans world wide. Lee played the arch vampire a dozen times,  double arch villain Scaramanga in the Man with the Golden Gun, or was it Dr. No?……….. and countless other baddies over some fifty years. Often paired with Peter Cushing, some twenty…

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Earl Cameron, 98 not out!

2nd June 2015

Earl Cameron, CBE was born on the 8th August 1917 in Bermuda. Along with Cy Grant, he is known as one of the first black actors to break the “colour bar” in the United Kingdom. When World War II broke out Cameron found himself stranded in London, having arrived on the ship The Eastern Prince. He said “I arrived in…

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World Without End – less Error

22nd April 2015

Having just watched part one of the highly hyped mini-series “World Without End” I am amazed by the amount of money, some $ 46,000,000, spent on the production and the obvious lack of understanding of the necessary details required to produce an art work supposedly reflecting life in early medieval England. Let us leave aside…

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Romeo & Juliet (1968)

14th April 2015

Masayuki Sasao particularly likes this film and wanted to visit the locations in Italy. After some research he realised that there were no indications about the church square of the film and started to examine the scenes in detail himself to find out the location. When he realised that the wall constructions were duplicated he…

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Dogsbody

10th April 2015

Could “Make Mine Mink” contain another clue, or set of clues, in the on-going saga of the Cinema of Darkness? Did Dogsbody, who is believed to have owned a Standard 8, manage to insert it into this film in some ten scenes. We know that Dogsbody lived in a mansion block in Hammersmith, we know…

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Review Blogging – The Big Picture

24th March 2015

Would you like some free tickets/DVD to view the latest film? Studios send these out all the time to accredited reviewers. Or perhaps you prefer the more classic products of the older studios, often being re-released and digitally improved. They too want publicity and have less cash to spend on promotion. But many will happily…

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Informal Meeting/Get Together

16th March 2015

Last Friday’s meeting was, as always, enjoyable and we were pleased to have some of our contributors join us. Thanks to those that made the effort, it was great to put faces to names and to thank them personally for their important contributions. Unfortunately, Simon arrived a little late and some people had departed but…

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JT invites you to pause for thought.

23rd February 2015

They used to say that art reflected life until Oscar Wilde expressed the opinion that more often life reflected art. Whichever of these views you hold matters not, and both are equally valid. But any way round it is essential that a distinction be drawn between life and art, and vice versa. I was recently…

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BBC2 – Reel History of Britain

16th February 2015

BBC2 in Wales is re-running this super series called “ Reel History of Britain” that was first broadcast in 2011. Melvyn Bragg the famous broadcaster, two months, less a day, older than me, and obviously with fond memories of growing up in the 50’s and 60’s has produced an interesting medley of very human social moments,…

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Finding Mr Sweet

15th February 2015

Lazy afternoon in Swansea, sunny day but cold. A bit of radio therapy I thought, not the type I had a few months ago at the local hospital, but an easy chair, a pot of tea and a couple of chocolate suggestives. Nudge, nudge. Know what I mean. Anyway I found Radio Three on my…

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Have you sent us pictures?

14th January 2015

But not received a reply from us, or they are not on our Site. If so, PLEASE get in touch, as we have found a number carefully filed in our system without any supporting email or message. We will do our best place them in the right spot given the photo reference but we would…

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Peter’s Feat

26th November 2014

Peter has been a loyal and enthusiastic supporter of ReelStreets for several years, he has been a keen space filler, constantly and consistently providing the photographs that has helped to promote our site to its place as number one in the world of film and movie location identifiers. We are probably all nerds, anoraks or…

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FILM: Checkpoint – 1956

20th November 2014

Dave Rawsthorn has brought to our attention some interesting information concerning the factory scenes that appear in this film and is reproduced here with the kind permission of Bookmarque Publishing. Extracted from the late John Allan’s book Air Vice-Marshal Don (Pathfinder) Bennett’s FAIRTHORPE Cars. THE ATOM, FILM STAR (Page37) Late in 1955 the factory was…

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French Film Locations and French Film Festival U.K.

4th November 2014

Nina Cangdon has just brought to our attention a project she has recently finished with Paris based filmmaker Paco Zamora, who has previously worked on different documentaries in France, South America as well as here in the U.K. The video “FilmTripping” is very “ReelStreets” but just a little more. It invites film lovers and travellers to discover the City…

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The British Council Film Collection

3rd November 2014

John has stumbled across the intriguing archive material of 120 short documentary films made by The British Council during the 1940’s. They were designed to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played. They are all interesting, especially for “Senior Citizens” but John has highlighted the one entitled “London 1942” that includes an uncredited…

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FILM: So Well Remembered – 1948

4th October 2014

Maurice Mottershead, a Maxonian (a man of Macclesfield) has spent much time with this film and has helped us both with locations and information relating to them. He has also provided some more up to date NOW shots as well as some personal ingredient regarding the locations. All this can be found in an article…

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FILM: Never Let Go (1960)

25th July 2014

Back in January 2008 there were two detailed Blogs (still viewable) from Colin Childs concerning the precise locations of the early still shots of this film. We have now heard from Brian Jenkins who lived in Kinnaird Street and went to school with Colin. He is keen to get in touch with him again and…

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British B’s

30th June 2014

British B films, many made at the Merton Park or Twickenham Studios in south west London. Many of these wonderful films are available on YouTube, almost invariably in black and white, sometimes known as Quota Quickies and as all of them were made on very limited budgets, in the 50’s and 60’s, with no cash…

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Location information received last week.

Our Server problems appear to be behind us and we have, hopefully, made all the necessary amendments that were outstanding. Thank you to all those that were so patient with us. Last week we were able to add at least Google Images to support all the information provided including that from Nick Farmer concerning The…

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Location and film related detail received this week

2nd June 2014

Dave Buckley has been in touch with us about Love Thy Neighbour and particularly ltn008b-008h, all of which are in front of what was EMI-Canon studios on one side of Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Herts. However, he has additionally referred us to http://avengerland.theavengers.tv/studios/defaut.htm. On that page, select Studio Buildings under Associated British Studios, there can be seen various photos, some of which…

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Information from Michael Thornton regarding Jean Kent Inquest

8th May 2014

INFORMATION FROM THE OFFICE OF MICHAEL THORNTON TELEPHONE/FAX: 01248 852615 MOBILE: 07595 323006 e-mail: michael@wheelthorn.freeserve.co.uk INQUEST ON MOVIE LEGEND JEAN KENT An inquest into the death of movie legend Jean Kent, one of Britain’s top box-office stars in the 1940s and 1950s, will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday of this week, May 8,…

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London in Colour – 1927

31st January 2014

Many of us know of William Friese-Greene, a pioneer of early cinematography, perhaps primarily as a result of the film “The Magic Box” (1951) which features on the ReelStreets Website. However, following his fathers death in 1921 his son Claude carried on the development of the additive colour film process called Biocolour and toured the UK capturing the dramatically…

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