Allez France!

Date: 1964
Director: Robert Dhéry, Pierre Tchernia
Production Company: CICC, Films Arthur Lesser, Films Borderie

Stars: Robert Dhéry, Colette Brosset, Diana Dors, Pierre Tornade, Pierre Doris, Raymond Bussières, Richard Vernon, Percy Herbert, Jean Lefebvre, Mark Lester
Location(s): Berkshire, London, Middlesex, Pas-de-Calais (France)

Region(s): , ,

Storyline:

A group of French rugby supporters visit Twickenham where one loses his front teeth, setting off a series of comic adventures.

Additional Information:

Screen captures uploaded by Phil Wilkinson with uncredited ‘now’ images by John Tunstill.

Also known as ‘The Counterfeit Constable’ (English Title)

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The start of the film sees a man attempting, and failing, to get across La Manche (The English Channel) for an international rugby match between France and England. Aéroport de Calais - Dunkerque, near Marck, Pas-de-Calais, France.

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Next, a ferry is tried but missed, with the man's car ending up in the harbour.

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Finally, the Man (Pierre Tchernia) swims the 21 miles.

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The narration describes London's famous fog before typical street scenes are shown.

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Bowler hatted 'City gents' run from the delivery dray.

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Newspapers featuring the game are sold by a street vendor.

A coach carrying French supporters arrives in London on it's way to Twickenham. Looking along Regent Street from Piccadilly Circus in W1.

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The same spot, captured by Peter.

As the match draws to a close, the home crowd erupts when England score and two of Henri Martineau's front teeth are accidentally knocked out.

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Different opposition and forgive the blur as I had to hurry to match the 10 before Owen Farrell converted. It ended 12-6 incidentally. SJ

Holding his mouth, Henri Martineau (Robert Dhéry) makes his way back to the coach worrying, as it's only two days before his marriage to Nicole. Twickenham Stadium, Whitton Road in Twickenham, Middlesex.

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Not an exact match but this shows the gate seen in the "then" background and again in capture 11. The Rowland HIll Memorial Gate was moved from the south-west corner to behind the west stand in the 90s, with an added gold leafed Coade Stone lion. It re-opened as the Rose and Poppy gate in 2016. SJ

England wins the game and the crowds leave the stadium. Whitton Road, Twickenham. The location was seen in 'A Run for Your Money'.

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As with many stadia, completed rebuilt. The open air south stand to the right has been built over as well as the north stand. The Lion gate has moved left round to the west. SJ

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As they leave the car park on their motorcycle and sidecar, Lord Brisburn (Richard Vernon) and Lady Yvette (Colette Brosset) catch up with the supporters coach and are seen by Gros Max (Henri Génès). Rugby Road in Twickenham identified by P. J. Brown.

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Max gets the name of Lord Brisburn's dentist whilst Henri hides from his sister, Lady Yvette. P. J. locates this as the junction of Rugby Road with Whitton Dene and Mogden Lane, now the site of a roundabout.

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The coach carrying Henri and his fellow rugby supporters leaves Twickenham behind. P. J. Brown advises that Clitheroe Cottages stand to the left on the corner of Rugby Road and Whitton Dene. They were demolished when the roundabout was built in the 1980s.

Lord and Lady Brisburn lead the way along Albert Embankment. Peninsula Heights stands to the left in London SE1.

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And Peninsula Heights is still there. But many more taller buildings have joined in along the riverside. SJ

En route to the dentist, the opportunity is taken to see some sights. Peter identifies Horseguards Parade looking towards the Spencer Compton Statue on Horse Guards Avenue in SW1 with the Earth and Water statue on right.

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And Peter send in this shot to support his identification. Now with security bollards. (RL)

The supporters' coach approaches Mr W. Martin's dental surgery. Ladbroke Grove W11 from the corner of Kensington Park Gardens with Lansdowne Crescent running off on the left.

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Nice clear leaf-free shot. SJ

The Royal Blue coach pulls up outside the building that also houses a theatrical agency. The vehicle carries Southern National fleet number 1289 and dates from 1952. The junction of Ladbroke Grove and Kensington Park Gardens.

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And very grand the building is too. SJ

Henri watches his friends drive away before entering fictional 30 Queen Street. Kensington Park Gardens in W11.

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Looking east. SJ

Whilst Henri is treated by the highly recommended dentist, Lord and Lady Brisburn near their London home.

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Taken From Lowndes Street, SW1, looking west towards Cadogan Place. If I turned around, I would see locations from The Servant, Escape Route and The Assassination Bureau. SJ

The camera pans with the combination.

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The arch, leading to Harriet Walk, and building behind were also visible in 'The Servant'. But what is odd is that the building looks more modern than today's. SJ

Lord Brisburn and his wife 'Vévette' turn into the mews where they live.

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Change of fenestatration if not configuration. SJ

As the two arrive at their garage to be met by the Lord's valet, actress Dianna Dors is held at gunpoint in the agency next door to the dentist.

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Again, same shape but a different Harriet Walk, SW1. SJ

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After donning fellow patient Bob Fortescue's police overcoat and helmet and becoming involved in the rescue of Ms Dors, Henri is taken away as a hero by Inspector Savory. Kensington Park Gardens, London W11.

With a motorcycle escort, Henri is driven to the police headquarters. Jim has identified this for us as the Royal Veterinary College, Royal College Street, London NW1 (RL)

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You cannot keep Peter away from a NW1 location. (RL)

The car carries the Inspector and who he thinks is PC 202 through the headquarters gateway. Again, says Jim, also The Royal Veterinary College on Royal College Street NW1 just along from a location in 'The Man Who Knew Too Much'. (RL)

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And "now" says Peter. (RL)

Henri escapes from the police headquarters by escorting a captured Train Robber (Arthur Mullard) from the premises. Once again The Royal Veterinary College on Royal College Street identified by Jim. (RL)

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Peter captures the same spot. (RL)

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When they're far enough from the headquarters, Henri lets the prisoner go.

Constable Baxter (Percy Herbert) asks the Gate Keeper (John Comer) if he's seen his prisoner. The Royal Veterinary College, Royal College St, London NW1 located by Jim. (RL)

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There is no ladder now and Peter admits that he might even have the wrong door but the drainpipes match! (RL)

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Keeping his mouth closed as instructed by Mr Martin, Henri begins to make his way back to the surgery. Clive Turner recognised this as the Parrs Head public house on the corner of Plender Street and Bayham Place in NW1. The pub closed in 2011 after 150 years of trading and the building has been converted for residential use.

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The Counterfeit Constable hails a taxi. Plender Street in Camden identified by Clive Turner.

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When he finds the cab already occupied, Henri moves on by foot. Plender Street NW1 with the corner of Reina Street on the left located by Clive Turner.

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Now lost in London, Henri continues his search for Queen Street. This is part of an extensively used set at Shepperton Studios.

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A Vicar asks for directions that Henri can't give. This is the left side of the post office which appears in image 34 and it's the standing set at Shepperton.

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Henri leaves a post office where he has found paper to write down a request for directions to Queen Street.

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Henri quickly spins around and returns to the post office when he sees the Inspector outside. Filmed on set at Shepperton.

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Appearing through the doorway of the post office, Henri spots Vévette and her husband before running away. Shepperton Studios again.

Henri nods when a motorist asks if he can park for just two minutes. This looks like Chalcot Square in NW1 which is also seen in 'Rattle Of A Simple Man'.

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Chalcot Square at the corner of Berkley Road. Behind the greenery, the background fits but the corner has been redesigned. (PW)

Whilst a traffic warden places a ticket on the parked car, Henri approaches a man who gives directions after reading the slip of paper. Chalcot Crescent NW1 with Primrose Hill behind Regent's Park Road in the right distance.

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The same location now. (PW)

When a police car approaches, Henri shields himself behind a Blind Man (Colin Blakely) as he crosses the road.

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Rothwell Street from Chalcot Crescent in London NW1 with Primrose Hill Road in the right background. (PW)

The Blind Man is bewildered to find himself of the same side of the street that he started on.

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Rothwell Street in the Borough of Camden with Primrose Hill in the distance. (PW)

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A Policeman (Patrick Durkin) warns traffic of a hole in the road. In the background, a Flowers Brewery dray is being unloaded. But is this a real street or a studio set?.

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The officer hands over the duty to Henri when he passes, which ends in disaster as a truck is driven into the hole. It's more of the set at Shepperton.

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Police Inspector Savory and his men go in search of PC 202, Bob Fortescue's number.

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Henri finds himself on point duty and turns to avoid being recognised as the Inspector's car negotiates the junction. Back on set at Shepperton Studios.

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A collision occurs when Henri runs off. Parts of this set at Shepperton would be redressed for other productions.

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After they are caught in the crash, Lord Brisburn recognises an Old Friend (Jerry Desmonde) whilst Lady Brisburn runs away.

Remaining silent, Henri wanders through the streets. Goldington Crescent, London NW1 identified by Jim. (RL)

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Peter's shot shows that the tree remains in place. (RL)

A group of ladies comfort Gérald (Mark Lester), a lost boy, as Henri approaches. It naturally follows from allfr048 that this is also Goldington Crescent, London NW1. (RL)

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Peter found that the bench was no more. (RL)

Gérald follows Henri as he runs away after the boy is handed over to him by the women. A slight change of location advises Jim, this is Chalton Street, London NW1 (RL)

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And Peter's shot shows that that "slight change" to the right. (RL)

Henri dodges around a corner, temporarily losing the youngster. Regent's Park Road NW3 with Rothwell Street running to the right.

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The lamp post has moved! (PW)

Gérald spots Henri and continues to chase after him. The sign on the lamp post points to Primrose Hill station.

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Regent's Park Road at the junction with Primrose Hill Road in NW3. (PW)

As the supporters' coach comes into view, policemen chase Lady Yvette onto the main road. The corner of St. Leonard's Road and Grove Road in Windsor, Berkshire.

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Same place 2015.(JT)

Whilst the police are distracted by the supporters, Vévette escapes by climbing onto the roof rack of the coach. St. Leonard's Road in Windsor. The road was seen in 'Carry On Cabby', 'A Stitch in Time' and 'Nurse on Wheels'.

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I could have leapt onto the roof of the vehicle to take the shot but I would have been too far forward! (RL)

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When the coach stops to let her down, Vévette bumps into family friends.

In another part of town, Henri follows a parade by the Coldstream Guards. High Street in Windsor, opposite the Guildhall.

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Yes indeed.(JT)

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A Sergeant catches PC 202 hiding and warns him to put on his helmet. Windsor & Eton Central station forecourt. The station was seen in 'Two Way Stretch'. Pillars now probably hidden by the new shops.

Henri creeps away before the young lad returns.

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Still there.JT

Having finally escaped from little Gérald, Henri fins a secluded place to remove the overcoat and helmet. Goswell Hill, Windsor. The location was used in 'From Beyond the Grave' and 'Whispering Smith Hits London'.

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Some alterations/improvements, but the redbrick columns remain with their distinctive banding.(JT)

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Now revealing his tricolour top, Henri stops when he turns a corner. Goswell Hill alongside Windsor & Eton Central station.

A shout goes up when a gang of English supporters recognise the French supporter. Goswell Hill in Windsor, Berkshire. Also seen in 'The Quatermass Xperiment'.

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The band of brickwork at the top of the street has been demolished, however, the remains of this banding can be seen in the distance on the right. The cobbled street remains.(JT)

The Blind Man approaches as Vévette hides from two police officers. The corner of Chalcot Crescent and Rothwell Street NW1.

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The same corner now. (PW)

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As news spreads about the rescue of Diana Dors, Mrs Fortescue (Margaret Whiting) is interviewed by a reporter from the BBC.

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As the Queen reviews police in Hyde Park, Gérald finds Henri again. Littleton House at Shepperton Studios in Middlesex.

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Thinking that he is a late arrival, officers grab Henri and push him through gates to take part in the review. Littleton Park House, Shepperton, Middlesex.

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A Superintendent (David Davenport) scowls at the late comer before calling for three cheers for the Queen. Littleton Park House at Shepperton Studios. The location was also seen in 'The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery', 'Make Mine a Million' and 'The Earth Dies Screaming'.

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To the anger of the Superintendent, Henri remains silent with his lips firmly closed. Littleton House at Shepperton.

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A Rolls Royce pulls up outside Paddington police station at Shepperton.

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The Film Star (Diana Dors) has arrived for a publicity photgraph with her rescuer, PC 202.

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The police march from Hyde Park after the review ends.

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The Superintendent keeps an eye on PC 202 after he failed to cheer the Queen.

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Henri turns to see that the Superintendent has knocked himself senseless by walking into a lamp post.

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The officers begin to disperse.

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When Henri is left alone in the street, a Rolls Royce catches up with him and Diana Dors opens the car door.

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Ahead, Henri sees the Inspector's police car so gets into the Rolls.

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Diana stops the car for the belated photo opporunity before Henri takes the moment to escape.

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Press photographers follow through the streets until they spot an officer looking into a shop window.

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The constable is not PC 202, Robert Fortescue.

Vévette makes sure she isn't being followed. Facing Chalcot Square from Berkley Road in NW1.

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Trees have sprouted in the intervening years and a door has appeared in the wall! (PW)

The Lady stops dead as she sees her brother coming the other way.

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Berkley Road looking towards Regent's Park Road in Camden NW1. (PW)

Officers appear and grab Vévette allowing Henri to escape.

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Outside Chalk Farm Baptist Church on Berkley Road with Eglon Mews running to the right. (PW)

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A wedding party have their photograph taken.

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Henri walks by as a police car approaches.

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To avoid being seen, Henri mingles with the well wishers.

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As the 'black maria' carrying Lady Brisburn passes, she sees Henri in the arms of one of the wedding guests.

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Henri hails a taxi and shows the driver his note asking to be taken to Queen Street. Looking towards the Odeon on Queen Caroline Street in Hammersmith W6.

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The cab is held at traffic lights where the driver declares that he is too tired to continue, forcing Henri to continue on foot. Another view of the Shepperton set.

Henri carries on walking. French Wikipedia mentions that permision to film in London was not asked for and a second unit kept a lookout for the authorities. Bruton Street W1 with the Coach & Horses public house on the corner of Bruton Lane.

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Now but not from the middle of the road. SJ

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Now reunited with mother, Gérald sees Henri walk past the park where he's playing.

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Ignoring his mother's calls, Gérald runs from the park and ahead of Henri.

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Through a broken fence, Henri is seen following Gérald after letting him wear the helmet.

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The helmet is retrieved before the boy returns to mother. Maybe part of a lot, the traffic light in the background isn't switched on!

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An armed gang member keeps watch whilst his colleagues rob a bank.

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Accomplices dressed as security guards wait as Henri comes around the corner.

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The robber runs into the bank to tell his mates that a policeman is approaching.

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When Henri sees the police car, he dodges into the bank as the robbers leave. The blue hoarding in the left distance reads Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines which only occurs at Piccadilly Circus . . . and this isn't anywhere near Piccadilly Circus.

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The Train Robber is part of the gang and gives Henri some of the robbery proceeds before chasing after the gang's van as it drives away.

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As the Train Robber runs after his accomplices, Inspector Savory and his men appear and apprehend him, allowing Henri to flee across the set.

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Senephleph Mendoza (Jacques Legras) leaves his dry cleaning shop as Henri approaches reading a map that he's obtained from a shop. There are a good number of locations in this film, but many studio based scenes too.

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Mendoza watches as Henri hides from a passing police car instead of answering the police box phone ringing. London bus 14 ran from Hornsey Rise N19 through Kings Cross, Knightsbridge and Fulham to Putney and this is the studio set at Shepperton.

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Inspector Savory (Godfrey Quigley) arrives and answers the phone call from Sergeant Regan at Paddington police station.

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Having dodged the Inspector again, Henri passes the French restaurant where, inside, his fellow supporters are hiding whilst drinking after hours.

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After trying the closed door of the restaurant, another cab is hailed. In the right distance can be seen the building that appears in image allfr095.

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Constables Ben (Jacques Legras) and Ross (Ross Parker) stand by the car as Inspector Savory questions PC 202's wife.

Henri's cab follows a Harrods delivery van as he nears the dentist at last. Ladbroke Grove at the corner of Kensington Park Gardens.

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Looking north up Ladbroke Grove. SJ

The cab draws up outside and Henri gets out to head for the front door. Kensington Park Gardens in W11.

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Now. SJ

Having traced the real PC 202's whereabouts, Inspector Savory comes out of the door to find Henri before the impostor makes a run for it. Kensington Park Gardens in Notting Hill.

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Opposite the above shot. SJ

The Inspector is lost and Henri takes a bus across town. The junction of Frances Road and Keppel Street in Windsor with buildings on Sheet Street to the extreme right.

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"Big Brother" is watching you! (RL)

Henri gets caught up in another chase when a thief steals from a market stall. The corner of Frances Road and Keppel Street, Windsor in Berkshire.

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Security is now taken a little more seriously. (RL)

Children watch as a police officer joins the pursuit. This appears to be Dagmar Road alongside Victoria Barracks in Windsor. The barracks were used as a location in 'To Sir With Love'.

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Rather difficult to find the exact spot as the wall and the Barracks have all been rebuilt. (RL)

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A Window Fitter (Tommy Godfrey) is watched working as the thief is chased along the alley below.

The French supporters sing as they walk alongside a canal. Looking north west along the Paddington Branch of Regent's Canal from under Westbourne Terrace Road Bridge in London's Little Venice.

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Now. SJ

A group of England supporters appear, singing 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary'. The junction of Westbourne Terrace Road, Delamere Terrace and Warwick Crescent W2. Scenes in 'The Blue Lamp', 'Licensed to Kill', and 'Omen III: The Final Conflict' were filmed here and the bridge appears in 'Interlude' as well as 'The Salvage Gang'.

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Blinking white van parked behind my back prevented an exact match. The building is the Canal Cafe Theatre and Bridge House. SJ

The French end up singing 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary' and the English take on the French song when the two groups pass each other. Westbourne Terrace Road Bridge passing over Regent's Canal.

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The hut's grown. Also seen in 'My Lover My Son'. SJ

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Diana Dors and her Agent (Ferdy Mayne) leave the Fortescue house whilst searching for PC 202.

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The Rolls is driven away, followed by photographers.

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A drunk French supporter (Jean Lefebvre) leads his friends. Looking towards Goswell Road from Goswell Hill, Windsor.

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In the distance, Henri sees his friends and calls to them. The bottom of Goswell Hill.

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The Frenchmen run through a tunnel as Henri approaches. A bit of a giveaway but this is Bridgewater Way in Windsor.

At the end of the tunnel, Henri sees his compatriots disappear. At the far end of the tunnel stands Bridgewater Terrace.

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Now a No Through Road. (RL)

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As he turns to leave, Henri is asked to help push start a milk float, but it crashes into the Inspectors police car as the engine fires. The junction of Goswell Place, Bridgewater Way and Goswell Hill in Windsor.

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Inspector Savory and his men walk from the scene.

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As he passes a post box, Henri sees a boy peering out through the slot. Shepperton set, it all appears in Captures 43 and 45 (RL)

On their combination, Lord and Lady Brisburn follow a Land Rover through town. Church Lane in Windsor, Berkshire.

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Pity that the car had to turn up just at the wrong moment. (RL)

Vévette spots Henri. Looking towards Market Street from Church Lane, Windsor.

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No time to enjoy a pint with The Prince Harry. (RL)

Lord Brisburn stops and Vévette follows her brother. Facing the Guildhall from the junction of High Street and Church Lane in Windsor.

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Even managed to capture a motorbike. (RL)

When Vévette calls, Henri stops in his tracks. The Guildhall in Windsor with High Street in the right distance.

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A temporary lull in tourists. (RL)

Henri is cornered when he sees Inspector Savory's car coming the other way. High Street looking towards Thames Street, Windsor.

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The bus stop has been moved. (RL)

Dodging down a side street, Henri escapes his pursuers. Queen Charlotte Street at the side of the Market Cross House in Windsor. An identical shot can be seen in 'The Last Page'.

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I heard the guide say that this is the shortest street in Britain. (RL)

A policeman appears around the corner and Henri turns to find another route. Market Street facing Castle Hill with Windsor Castle in the right background.

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Much more a café culture now. (RL)

Vévette blocks his escape. Windsor's Market Street at the rear of the Guildhall.

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Nothing seems to have changed. (RL)

Henri climbs some nearby stairs and enters a building. Market Street in Windsor. The location was seen in 'Tunes of Glory'.

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These days one has to padlock the bike for security. (RL)

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During a chase across the roof tops, Vévette slips and slides to the edge of the roof. It's not easy to determine whether this and the next two images are studio based, but the impression is that this is not a real street.

Vévette clings on to the top of a downpipe.

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Best angle from ground level. (RL)

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As the police officers attempt to rescue Vévette, Henri hides behind chimney stacks. A studio set included for completeness.

From the rooftop, Henri spies his goal through a chimney cowl. Kensington Park Gardens looking towards Ladbroke Grove.

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From ground level. SJ

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The fire brigade arrive to rescue Lacy Brisburn as Henri makes his way down to street level. High Street in Windsor, also seen in 'No Sex Please, We're British'.

As Vévette is rescued, Inspector Savory moves onlookers along and is punched by the frustrated Blind Man.

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Regent's Park Road at the junction with Chamberlain Street in NW1. (PW)

When Henri arrives back at the dentist, he finds caterers delivering food to the theatrical agency. Kensington Park Gardens, London W11.

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Now. SJ

Henri mingles with the deliverymen and successfully enters the building to return PC 202's overcoat and helmet.

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Now. SJ

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Not a location, more a snapshot to show Bob Fortescue (Bernard Cribbins), Sergent Timothy Reagan (Ronald Fraser) and Inspector Savory being berated by the Superintendent.

Whilst a puzzled Bob is questioned inside, Henri puts on his own jacket and leaves the building to hail a cab to the airport to rejoin his fellow supporters. A final shot of Kensington Park Gardens W11.

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One last time. SJ