Make Mine a Million

Date: 1959
Director: Lance Comfort
Production Company: British Lion Films, Elstree Independent Films Ltd., Jack Hylton Productions

Stars: Arthur Askey, Sid James, Dermot Walsh, Olga Lindo
Location(s): London, Surrey

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

A broke soap powder salesman decides that really needs TV advertising and sneakily arranges a plug for his suds in a live TV spectacular.

Additional Information:

Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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Television make-up man Arthur Ashton (Arthur Askey) puts on his jacket before taking his washing to the launderette. Jules Ballantyne says that Arthur is standing on the balcony of Nos 7 and 8 Durham Terrace, London W2 although later in the film he is seen to enter No 5. (RL)

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Arthur carries the laundry through town. The corner of Peter Street and Berwick Street in W1.

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Looking north-westward along Berwick Street. The location also appears in 'The Young Americans', 'The Small World of Sammy Lee', 'Sid and Nancy', 'The Final Appointment' and 'The Flesh is Weak'.

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The National Television employee passes Sid Gibson, a shady soap powder salesman trying to sell Bonko in the street.

Arthur approaches the Launderette where Sally works.

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Jules Ballantyne found this location for us, Bishops Bridge Road and Queensway, London W2 that she supports with this Google Earth capture. (RL)

The camera follows Arthur into the launderette where he meets Sid who calls in to promote sales for his product.

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With the help of Google Earth Jules established that the launderette in Queensway is still operating.......despite its experience with Bonko. (RL)

Arthur is called in front of the Director General of National Television after managing to advertise Bonko on the non-commercial channel. Ministry of Defence Main Building on Horse Guards Avenue off Whitehall. The location is seen in 'The Sexplorer', 'The Jokers', 'The Day the Earth Caught Fire', 'Tomorrow at Ten' and 'Two Weeks in September'.

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Protected now by more pavement fixtures rather than cars. SJ

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After being dismissed from his position, Arthur returns home. Jules Ballantyne locates this as Durham Terrace, London W2, here Arthur is approaching the gate to No 8. (RL)

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Arthur enters the lodging house run by Mrs. Burgess where he finds Jack, the cameraman who's also been fired for helping him advertise Bonko at the studios. Here he enters No 5 Durham Terrace says Jules. (RL)

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The roads are busy as Jack and Arthur head for the races to place an advertisement for Bonko on a National Television outside broadcast.

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Jack drives the ambulance containing broadcast equipment towards Ascot. Staines Road East in Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex at the time of filming. The former George public house in the left background closed in 2008 and the building is now in residential use.

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Having flagged down the ambulance, a Policeman escorts Jack and Arthur to the home of a pregnant woman.

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Followed by the Officer, Arthur heads to the door as it's opened by an anxious Husband.

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Crowds gather at the races which are to be televised on National Television.

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Watched by Sally, horses are paraded before the first race. Littleton House at Shepperton Studios.

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Sid Gibson (Sidney James) and Sally (Sally Barnes) wonder what's happened to Jack and Arthur. Littleton House also appears in 'Rotten to the Core', Allez France!', 'The Belles of St. Trinian’s', 'Cockleshell Heroes', 'The Earth Dies Screaming' and 'Law and Disorder'.

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When the ambulance bells signal Jack and Arthur's arrival, Sid attends to Sally as she feigns passing out.

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Bringing a stretcher, Jack (Bernard Cribbins) and Arthur rush to help which allows them to connect their equipment to the network.

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Guests gather to watch Swan Lake at the Edinburgh Festival which is to be broadcast on National Television.

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Discovered by the police before the next advertisement's transmission, Sid makes his getaway in a hearse. Northumberland Avenue in WC2. The street is seen in 'Robbery', 'The Crooked Sky' and 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold'.

The hearse is turned around and Sid returns to the theatre to help Arthur. Outside the Playhouse Theatre at the junction of Northumberland Avenue and Craven Street.

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Peter takes a daylight shot of the same theatre.

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Using a mail van, Jack and Arthur head to the airport to infiltrate the transmission of a press conference between the British Prime Minister and the American President.

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Police are alerted by Arthur using his broadcast equipment in the back of the mail van after being held up and driven away by Robbers.

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The Robbers continue onward to their rendezvous with the rest of the gang.

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The camera pans with the mail van to reveal this building.

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Arthur transmits to the nation as the van speeds through a ford. The River Ash crossing Watersplash Road in Shepperton, Surrey. The ford is also seen in 'The Night We Got the Bird'.

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This is impossible to match as the north side of Watersplash Road is so overgrown now, so here's my best effort. SJ

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Another river is crossed as the police begin to close in.

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A squad car follows the mail van into a farm yard.

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Smashing through a gate, the van turns into a hay filled barn.

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Arthur inches across the van's roof as Superintendent James (Bruce Seton) and his Men face the Robbers (Sam Kydd and Unidentified).

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Sid is Chauffeur driven to the police station after Arthur is arrested.

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The shot moves with the car until it comes to a stand.

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Sid nervously adjusts his hat before going inside the station to meet with the Superintendent to arrange bail.