Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World

Date: 1973
Director: Joseph McGrath
Production Company: Walter Shenson Films

Stars: Jim Dale, Angela Douglas, Richard Beaumont, Spike Milligan, John Bluthal, Norman Rossington, Milo O'Shea
Location(s): Hertfordshire

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Storyline:

A young boy’s dog grows to an enormous size after drinking a bowl of top secret food which promotes growth!

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Billy White (Richard Beaumont) closes the gate as he arrives home with Digby, an Old English Sheepdog from the Dog's Home.

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Janine White (Angela Douglas) tells her son that his Grandfather may not allow him to keep the animal.

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At the nearby Research Centre, Jeff Eldon (Jim Dale) is told off by Colonel Masters (Dinsdale Landen) for throwing oranges.

Janine speaks with Colonel Masters, the Research Centre's security officer.

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Geoff Dodd provides this "now" for us of High Canons, Shenley, Borehamwood, Herts. (RL)

General Frank arrives at the Research Centre. High Canons on Buckettsland Lane, Well End near Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.

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Geoff also provides this shot for us admitting that it is off angle, but it is the only one he has! (RL)

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Dr. Jameson (Milo O'Shea) introduces General Frank (Kenneth J. Warren) to Dr. Harz (Spike Milligan). High Canons was also seen in 'To The Devil a Daughter', 'You Must Be Joking', 'The Devil Rides Out', 'Rentadick' and 'Murder on the Orient Express'.

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When Billy is told that he can't keep Digby, the young lad leaves him outside Jeff's house for the animal lover to take care of. New Cottages, High Canons near Borehamwood. This building was seen in 'The Boys in Blue'.

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Jeff pours milk on his plants, not realising that Digby has already drunk the liquid growth formula that he thinks he is using.

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An Estate Agent (Frank Thornton) shows Dr. Harz around the house next door to Jeff's. White Lodge, High Canons.

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The lab-assistant installs a dog-flap so that Digby can get into and out of the house.

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That night, a burglary takes place in an apartment block. Hollywood Court on Deacons Hill Road, Elstree.

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Chased by two Policemen, Jerry (John Bluthal) and Tom (Norman Rossington) steal a car to escape with the loot. Hollywood Court.

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The two Officers stop when they find that it is their car that has been taken. Hollywood Court, Deacons Hill Road, Elstree in Hertfordshire.

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The silver is thrown over a wall before Jerry and Tom follow by vaulting into Jeff's garden. Geoff Dodd advises that the walled garden is within the grounds of High Canons and also featured in The Satanic Rites Of Dracula. (RL)

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On the morning that Jeff discovers that Digby has grown, Dr. Harz sees him climbing into his kitchen through the dog-flap.

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The Postman spots the Doctor trying to coax Jeff from the house as if he were a dog. In the background stands Garden Cottage, High Canons.

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Dr. Harz questions Billy about Jeff's behaviour.

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After telephoning Aunt Ina to ask if he can visit, Jeff leaves the house to get food for Digby.

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Jerry and Tom run from Jeff's house after discovering the enormous Digby when they return to collect their haul.

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Jeff returns home with a huge bone for Digby.

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The camera pans with Jeff as he carries the bone to the door.

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Jeff watches after Digby runs from the house, jumps over the fence and digs a huge hole in Dr. Harz's garden.

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As Jeff tries to repair the damage, Dr. Harz stands and stares, believing that his neighbour has dug the hole.

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Jerry and Tom arrive at a cafe where they plan to swith their horsebox with the one carrying Digby. This is The Good Companions Cafe on the B556, St. Albans Road in South Mimms, Hertfordshire.

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As Jeff buys breakfast in the cafe, the two crooks look for the trailer carrying Digby. The car park next to The Good Companions Cafe. The background buildings stand on Blackhorse Lane which appeared in 'Curse of the Crimson Altar'.

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Tom watches Jeff eating through the cafe window. The location was also seen in 'The Likely Lads'.

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Jerry and Tom prepare to switch the horseboxes. The cafe has been demolished but the buildings either side remain.

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With the exchange completed, Tom berates an exhausted Jerry. Outside The Good Companions Cafe on St. Albans Road, South Mimms.

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Jeff arrives at his Aunt's cottage where he discovers that Digby has been switched. The Thatched Cottage, Silver Hill, Shenley in Hertfordshire.

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Carrying a tin bath full of dog food, Jerry and Tom arrive at the lock up where Digby has been hidden. Geoff Dodd advises that this was filmed at the studio but has now been demolished. (RL)

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After seeing a televison report about Digby, Jeff leaves his Aunt's. Thatched Cottage on Silver Hill between Well End and Shenley near Borehamwood.

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After persuading the owner of a travelling circus to show Digby, Jerry and Tom sell tickets for people to see the Biggest Dog in the World.

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Jeff arrives at the circus and finds his way into a tent where he disguises himself as a clown.

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When Digby escapes from the circus and starts to cause havoc across the country, the military prepare to take action.

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Leaving Digby in a quarry with Billy, Jeff collects an antidote to the growth formula from the Research Centre before taking the General's car.

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A Guard comes out of the gate house as Jeff approaches but lets the car leave when he sees the General's pennant.

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An Army Captain (Ben Aris) leads his men on the trail of the gigantic canine. Shenley Road in Borehamwood, which was also seen in 'Return of a Stranger' and many more.

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Reading his map, the Captain directs operations. A closer shot of Shenley Road with Woolworths on the left.

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Pursued by Colonel Masters and Janice, Jeff races back to Digby and Billy.

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With the Captain scanning the horizon, the convoy continues through suburban streets.

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Vehicles swerve as the armoured cars drive the wrong way along a one-way street.

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Two Attendants watch as Captain Masters speeds through their car wash.

Since replaced by the Elstree Moat House, to the left stands the Thatched Barn Hotel at the junction of the Barnet By-Pass and Rowley Lane, Borehamwood in Hertfordshire. The hotel was seen in the cult television series 'The Prisoner'.

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Covered by this Google Earth shots as with "Tomorrow at Ten" 009 as we are unlikely to secure a now from this elevation. (RL)

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With his face covered in soap suds, Captain Masters turns his car over on a loading ramp as he gains on the General's car.

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Jeff approaches and drives past the convoy and soon reaches Digby at the quarry. Rowley Lane passing over the A1 Barnet By-Pass in Borehamwood.