Attack on the Iron Coast

Date: 1968
Director: Paul Wendkos
Production Company: Mirisch Films, Oakmont Productions

Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Andrew Keir, Sue Lloyd, Maurice Denham, Glyn Owen
Location(s): Hertfordshire, London

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

They turned a dead ship into a live bomb and sailed it down the throat of the enemy!

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Screen captures uploaded by Phil Wilkinson from source material provided by John Tunstill.

 

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Captain Owen Franklin (Andrew Keir) and Lieutenant Commander Donald Kimberly (Mark Eden) arrive at Operations HQ. Gaddesden Place near Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Also seen in 'Fanny by Gaslight'.

Major Wilson trains his men for 'Operation Mad Dog'. St Katharine Docks, London E1 with The Ivory House to the right. Seen in 'To the Devil, a Daughter'.

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As near as possible to the screen capture. (PW)

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The men train hard. St Katharine Docks, London.

The training continues. St Katharine Docks, London.

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The Ivory House now. (PW)

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Major James Wilson (Lloyd Bridges) directs his men. St Katharine Docks in E1 with Tower Bridge visible in the right background.

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Lots of shouting, running and shooting going on. St Katharine Docks, London E1.

Major Wilson takes a breather from shouting. St Katharine Docks E1.

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From a similar angle, demolition and new buildings have changed the part of Tower Bridge in view. (PW)

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Major Wilson heads to view the ship selected for the mission. St Katharine Docks in E1, which are also seen in 'The Creeping Flesh', 'David Copperfield (1969)', 'The Long Good Friday' and 'The Trygon Factor'.

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The ship chosen is a minesweeper instead of the promised destroyer. St Katharine Docks, London.

Major Wilson is not impressed by the minesweeper and tells Captain Franklin and Lieutenant Commander Kimberly.

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St Katharine Docks, London E1.

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Captain Franklin and Lieutenant Commander Kimberly in St Katharine Docks.

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The minesweeper is loaded with explosives. St Katharine Docks E1.

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Training resumes. St Katharine Docks, London again with Tower Bridge behind the warehouse in the background.

When training is completed the minesweeper heads for the target French port of Le Clare . . . . . which appears to be towards Wandsworth or maybe even Oxford!! Tower Bridge, London SE1.

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Not quite the same angle as Joe Public isn't allowed any nearer the Thames now. (PW)

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They must have turned around! The River Thames in London with Tower Bridge in the left centre background.

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The enemy occupied French port of Le Clare. Wikipedia states that filming also took place in Millwall Dock but, for now, this is an unknown location. Ray Glenister provides his usual conclusive support material confirming that it is indeed West India and Millwall Docks. The camera position is +/- what is now Lovegrove Walk looking across to +/- Lancaster Drive. (RL)

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Ray provides a Google Earth aerial view to support this Capture and Capture 18, showing the graving yard and the footbridge that has replaced the Caisson until "now" shots can be taken. (RL)

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Enemy headquarters. Greg Chapman advises that this is the stable block section of the chateau set built for 'The Dirty Dozen' on the MGM British Studios back-lot.

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An enemy soldier patrols the dock. Possibly Millwall Dock in London E14 but unconfirmed at present. Ray Glenister provides his usual conclusive support material confirming that it is indeed West India and Millwall Docks. The camera position is +/- what is now Lovegrove Walk looking across to +/- Lancaster Drive. (RL)

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The attack takes place. Unconfirmed location.

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The attack continues. Unconfirmed location.