Finders Keepers (1966)

Date: 1966
Director: Sidney Hayers
Production Company: George H. Brown Productions, Interstate

Stars: Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Robert Morley, Peggy Mount, Viviane Ventura, Graham Stark
Location(s): Buckinghamshire, Lazio (Italy)

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

Cliff Richard and The Shadows travel to a Spanish town for a show but arrive to find the place empty after a bomb has accidentally been dropped in the area.

Additional Information:

Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson and Manuel Gurtner

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As the credits appear to the sound of Cliff Richard and The Shadows singing the title track, a freight train speeds from the mouth of a tunnel. Manuel points out that the railway sequence was certainly not filmed in Spain as this steam engine, number 835.177, belonged to the Italian Ferrovie dello Stato.

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Cliff and the gang sing in front of back projections interspersed with second unit shots of doubles standing in for the cast.

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Manuel Gurtner initially thought that this may be in Mezzogiorno or perhaps Sicily.

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A river is crossed by truss bridge.

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The train continues on its way with the band singing merrily atop of a the contents in one of the wagons.

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Approaching a station, the train's Guard spots the musicians and starts to climb over the wagons to reach them.

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The train passes through the film's San Carlos where Cliff and The Shadows jump off.

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This final capture from just after the title sequence is identifiable however, and Manuel found Sperlonga, between Rome and Naples in Lazio, Italy.

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Back at Pinewood, Colonel Roberts (Robert Morley) and Burke (Graham Stark) bemoan the lack of fresh produce in the market brought about by an unexploded American bomb that has been dropped in the area.

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Cliff and The Shadows walk into the apparently deserted studio village.

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The lads look around the empty square outside the Hotel Bellamar.

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Emilia (Viviane Ventura) appears from a building before Cliff approaches her as she draws water.

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Persuaded to help Cliff and his pals into the US base, Emilia and her co-workers conceal them inside laundry baskets carrying the American's clean washing. Now, this does not look like a set.

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The convoy of donkeys is led through the castle where the GIs are stationed. Those walls look real enough.

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A Guard (Bill Mitchell) turns when he hears the regular delivery approach. A standing set at Pinewood Studios, identified on the Avengerland website.

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Having been distracted by one of the laundry Girls while Cliff and The Shadows climb out of the baskets, the Guard watches disappointingly as she returns to the others.

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Cliff peers out from behind a pillar and is spotted by the Guard.

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The boys duck and dive as the Guard attempts to apprehend them. A blurred capture of the set at Pinewood.

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Hearing the commotion, more GIs come out of their accommodation.

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Cliff and Emilia dance in the square during a song.

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As the song ends, the two walk through an archway before kissing. With alterations to suit, the set appears in several other productions including 'The Magnificent Two'.

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The film progresses and we return to Italian Spain where . . . .

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. . . . Cliff is taken by Emilia to meet her Grandmother. Ah, maybe this is actually closer to home.

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Colonel Roberts and Burke head for Emilia's Grandmother's house where the American bomb has been mistaken for a gas cylinder. This, however, does not look like Buckinghamshire.

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Emilia and Colonel Roberts watch as Burke loads the bomb into the back of the van. Very likely to be part of a set at Pinewood Studios.