Dark Places

Date: 1973
Director: Don Sharp
Production Company: Glenbeigh, Sedgled

Stars: Christopher Lee, Joan Collins, Herbert Lom, Jane Birkin, Robert Hardy, Jean Marsh
Location(s): Buckinghamshire, London

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Storyline:

An unstable man inherits a haunted house in which a cache of money has been hidden.

Additional Information:

Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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The cast and crew are credited while a night time view of the St. Columba Mental Institute fills the screen. This is the north aspect of Swakeleys House on Milton Road in Ickenham, Uxbridge.

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The shot pans as, inside the institute, Andrew Marr lies on his death bed with Edward Foster at his side. The stable block at Swakeleys House, which was renovated in 1980s.

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The pan ends at the gates of the institute where the lights of Dr. Mandeville's approaching car can be seen through the railings as Old Marr passes away. Swakeleys House in Ikenham, the frontage of which appears in 'Carry On . . . Follow That Camel'.

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Having inherited Marr's estate, Edward Foster (Robert Hardy) arrives by train at Marr's Halt. The northbound platform at Denham station in Buckinghamshire.

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Foster leaves the station, looking for a waiting car. The car park at Denham railway station off North Orbital Road in Denham Green.

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Sent by Prescott, taxi driver Baxter (Roy Evans) spots Foster as he approaches. Denham station is also seen in 'The Chiltern Hundreds', 'No Smoking' and 'Man in the Moon'.

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Edward hands his cases over, telling Baxter that he's moving into Marr's Grove. Denham railway station in Denham Green, Buckinghamshire.

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Baxter acts surprised to learn that Edward is moving into Old Marr's place. In the background stands Denham Station Signalbox which features in 'This Happy Breed'.

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En route to Edward's new home, Baxter comments that no one from the village will go near the building. Approaching the bridge over the River Misbourne on Village Road in Denham, Buckinghamshire.

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When Edward asks why, his driver says that bad things happen and people get hurt. Various lengths of Village Road appear in ‘Don't Take It to Heart’, ‘Made in Heaven', Too Many Crooks’, 'Murder She Said', 'The Games' and 'Kadoyng'.

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The taxi comes to a halt and Foster surveys the almost derelict Marr's Grove. Through the gates stands Harefield Place on The Drive in Uxbridge, Greater London.

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Old Marr's solicitor Prescott (Herbert Lom) welcomes Foster when he arrives to stay whilst Marr's Grove is made habitable.

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Edward opens the front door of Marr's Grove after starting to pull boards from the windows. Previously known as Harefield Lodge, Harefield Place was an annex of Hillingdon County Hospital from 1935 until 1969.

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The newcomer leaves the village bank after opening an account. Village Road in Denham with The Swan Inn's sign hanging on the extreme right.

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Edward ponders over the £210,000 that the Bank Manager says he handed over to Andrew Marr before he died. Village Road, Denham was also seen in 'Captain Clegg', 'Murder She Said', 'The Square Peg, 'Jumping for Joy', 'Made in Heaven' and 'Down Among the Z Men'.

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While Dr. Mandeville and his sister Sarah plot to get their hands on the hidden money, Edward sees a figure waving at him from the house when he arrives home with supplies. The grounds in front of Harefield Place.

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Dr. Mandeville brings his sister to Marr's Grove as housekeeper as part of their scheme. Originally known as Harefield Country Hospital, the facility joined the NHS in 1948 and became the Uxbridge Country Hospital.

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Prescott speaks with Edward about use of the estate once he's settled in before warning him about Sarah.

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As Edward's mind becomes possessed by the previous occupants of Marr's Grove, Sarah Mandeville (Joan Collins) approaches the house. In 1966 the wards at Harefield Place were converted to provide accommodation for nursing staff from Hillingdon Hospital before closure three years later.

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Edward walks Sarah to the village along the canal towpath.

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Prescott comes out to join Edward, Dr. Mandeville (Christopher Lee) and Sarah as they walk past his house.

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Leaving the men walking together, Sarah returns to Marr's Grove. Harefield Place was the headquarters of Blockbuster Video between 1991 and 2012.

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As Edward's condition leads him to murder Sarah, Dr. Mandeville drives through Prescott's farm on his way to the house.

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The shot pans with the Doctor's car.

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The end of the film sees Prescott leaving Marr's Grove as Edward is driven away in a police car. Harefield Place on The Drive in Ickenham, Greater London.