Navy Lark, The

Date: 1960
Director: Gordon Parry
Production Company: Herbert Wilcox & Anna Neagle Productions

Stars: Cecil Parker, Ronald Shiner, Leslie Phillips, Elvi Hale, Cardew Robinson, Gordon Jackson
Location(s): Dorset, Middlesex, Surrey

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The incompetent crew of a Royal Navy ship concoct a revolution in the Channel Islands to save their jobs.

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Inshore minesweeper HMS 'Compton' approaches Boonzey harbour.

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The harbour entrance has been rebuilt and expanded. SD

When a Navy launch nears the remote island, the alarm is sounded and the Compton's crew rush to the harbour. This is West Bay in Dorset and in the distance can be seen East Cliff which features in the TV drama 'Broadchurch'.

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Between Pier Terrace and Ship Cottage row. SD

Another sailor climbs from a window as an officer from the mainland approaches. This appears to be one of the properties on the Ship Cottage row next to Pier Terrace in West Bay, Bridport.

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The middle cottage of Ship Cottage row. SD

After returning from fishing, Commander Stanton (Cecil Parker) leaves his office. Pier Terrace in West Bay.

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The porch has either been removed or was added for filming. SD

The Commanding Officer heads to the harbour. The southern end of Pier Terrace, West Bay, Dorset.

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Facing Ship Cottage row. SD

Stanton makes his way to the Naval Stores.

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The Bridport Arms with rebuilt holiday cottages. SD

Inside the stores, the Chief Petty Officer ensures that everything is in order.

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Ferry Square, Shepperton, Middlesex. The building is in the grounds of Shepperton Manor. SD

Captain Povey (Nicholas Phipps) enters the harbour with the intention of closing down the Boonzey minesweeping operation. Bridport Harbour, West Bay with Quayside and the house named Querida in the distance.

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The quayside has mostly new buildings now. SD

The crew of HMS Compton run to line up for inspection.

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The quayside now looking very different. SD

Commander Stanton makes his way to greet Captain Povey. In the background can be seen Harbour Bridge over the River Brit as it flows into Bridport Harbour.

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The rebuilt Harbour Bridge. SD

Lieutenant Pouter (Leslie Phillips) and Chief Petty Officer Banyard (Ronald Shiner) stand ready.

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The buildings on George Street opposite. SD

Captain Povey is met at the quayside before disclosing the reason for his visit. Looking across the harbour with The Moorings to the right of centre and St. John's church on the extreme right.

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Just to the right of 011. SD

In an effort to make the minesweeping operation appear necessary, Banyard and Leading Seaman Johnson (Gordon Jackson) take 'Bessy', an old mine converted into a collection box for the lifeboats, and send it out to sea. On the beach behind the Ship Cottage row.

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Facing the harbour. SD

Inside the Cafe de Bretagne, Chief Petty Officer Banyad does a deal with local smuggler Gaston Higgins.

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Ferry Square, Shepperton. SD

After his initial attempt at closing the base is thwarted, Povey returns to Boonzey where he finds the crew apparently suffering from Yellow Fever.

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To the right of Harbour Bridge. SD

Captain Povey decides to return to the mainland, leaving the crew in quarantine. Facing Pier Terrace, West Bay.

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Now. Pier Terrace and fishing equipment. SD

Lieutenant Pouter and Leading WREN Heather Stark (Elvi Hale) laugh about Povey falling for their Yellow Fever trick.

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The building was situated at Walton Studios, Walton On Thames. The building can be seen in the YouTube video, Walton Studios Publicity, 1960's-Film 1367. The studio closed in 1962 and was redeveloped. Now the middle block of the three blocks of flats on Wellington Close stands on the site. Image copyright Google Streetview. SD

Captain Povey returns to the island after feeling guilty about leaving the men to suffer. St. John's church stands left of centre background.

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Only a few changes now. SD

With his suspicions aroused, the Captain soon finds Pouter and Heather playing with a beach ball. The background building is Pier Terrace at West Bay, Bridport.

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I'm too busy to play with a beach ball. SD

The Lieutenant and the WREN jog away after explaining that they are exercising. Pier Terrace overlooking Bridport Harbour.

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I got plenty of exercise walking around taking these photos. SD

As Captain Povey prepares to close down the base, Banyard sees 'Navy Go Home' painted on a wall by a drunken Gaston.

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Ferry Square facing Church Square, Shepperton. SD

After Gaston is arrested, More graffiti is painted by Johnson and Banyard, and rumors of an uprising are circulated.

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The Boonzey officers watch as Lieutenant Binns flies in by helicopter to report on the revolution.

While news spreads about the island's strife, Lieutenant Pouter addresses a group of ladies posing as a band of 'guerrillas'.

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Ferry Square, Shepperton, looking towards Church Square. SD

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Outside the stores, Banyard briefs his men as they prepare to face the enemy.

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Commander Stanton advises Captain Povey that the time has come to move into action.

Povey leads the attack on Gaston and his band.

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Beside The King's Head, Church Square, Shepperton. Church Square was also seen in 'The Dog Outwits The Kidnapper', 'Glad Tidings' 'Bond Of Fear' and 'Emergency Call'. SD

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Life goes back to normal on the island when Lieutenant Binns reveals an embarrassing picture of Povey leading an attack on the hoaxers.