Adventures of P.C. 49: Investigating the Case of the Guardian Angel, The

Date: 1949
Director: Godfrey Grayson
Production Company: Hammer Film Productions

Stars: Hugh Latimer, Patricia Cutts, Michael Ripper
Location(s): Berkshire

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A Metropolitan Police Constable is assigned special duties to help track down a violent gang of truck hi-jackers stealing cigarettes and alcohol.

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Screen captures uploaded by Phil Wilkinson and John Tunstill.

 

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The Detective Inspector arrives in a patrol car whilst PC 49 is on his beat. Tony Winzar identifies this as looking south on Queen Street in Maidenhead. The low rise building underneath the street light is (or was) Queen Street Tavern.

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Archibald Berkeley-Willoughby, PC 49, continues his beat checking warehouse doors and gates. Cullerns Lane, Maidenhead found by Tony Winzar.

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PC 49 (Hugh Latimer) notices something on the ground. Outside Cullen’s on Cullerns Lane. This is a lane that starts just to he right of the street light in image 01 and runs behind Queen Street up to the junction with King Street. Information from Tony.

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A lorry crashes through the gates of Cullen's and the watchman is shot. Cullerns Lane in Maidenhead again. Located by Tony Winzar.

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Lorries pull up at a 'greasy spoon' café. Unidentified location.

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PC 49 looks up at a fingerpost.There must be a clue there . . . somewhere. There is, this is in Gerrards Cross at the junction of the A40 Oxford Road with Packhorse Road and Windsor Road that was once designated the A332, now the B416.

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PC 49 visits transport cafe's looking for members of the gang. Sean Davis identifies this as The Packhorse on the old A40 Gerrards Cross. He adds that it was a famous stop for truckers and rock bands in the 60s and 70s. Referenced in lyrics on Jethro Tull's 'Journeyman'...'No time for tea at Gerrards Cross'. A further view in Capture 9. Also seen in the film "If..."(RL)

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Another cafe, or even a private house with an applied "Transport" sign. Unidentified location.

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And another cafe. On the old A40 perhaps? Yes indeed, see Capture 7 Also seen in the film "If.."(RL)

PC 49 finally gets to know gang member Fingers (Michael Ripper). High Street, Cookham, Berkshire near the junction with School Lane. The location was also used in 'They Came from Beyond Space'.

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Naturally, the War Memorial is still there but now rather difficult to see behind the greenery at this angle. (RL)

PC 49 and Fingers talk near the river. Identified by Tony Winzar as the bridge on Cookham Moor (Cookham Pound) at the western end of the High Street.

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Summer growth hampers the comparison shot. SJ

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After the case is solved, Joan Carr (Patricia Cutts) meets her fiance, Archibald, at the police station. The building was also seen in 'Spaceways'.