Violent Moment

Date: 1959
Director: Sidney Hayers
Production Company: Independent Artists

Stars: Lyndon Brook, Jane Hylton, Jill Browne, John Paul, Rupert Davies, Moira Redmond, Bruce Seaton, Martin Miller
Location(s): London

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Storyline:

Douglas Baines (Lyndon Brook), a wartime army deserter, is lying low in a shabby flat with his girlfriend Daisy and the couple’s small son, Jiffy. Returning home with a toy for Jiffy’s birthday, he learns that Daisy has had the boy adopted. When she refuses to tell him where the boy is, he strangles Daisy and goes on the run.

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Douglas Baines (Lyndon Brook) leaves a toy shop where he has just bought a toy for his sons second birthday. 86 Wornington Road, London W10 now lost to re-development.

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No call for a "Dolls Hospital" these days.

It cuts to the end of the road where Douglas turns. The corner of Wornington Rd and 65 Acklam Road, looking towards St Ervan’s Rd. Lost in re-development but a picture in 1971 is available at LMA Collage 78648

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A very much changed location with the Westway to the right.

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Where he sees a policeman and army officers inspecting a mans papers. Outside what was 3 St Ervan’s Road. Lost in re-development but a picture in 1971 is available at LMA Collage 78630

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Having satisfied themselves with regard to the mans identity they start to cross the road towards him.

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As a deserter he starts to panic and walks to cross the road. 65 Acklam Road immediately behind him and the junction with Wornington Road all lost with the building of Westway.

He stops to observe events in a window reflection. Acklam Road and 1a St Ervan’s Road opposite.

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More or less the same junction now.

Then starts to walk away whilst being watched by the men. St Ervan’s Road looking towards Acklam Road.

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The consequence of redevelopment.

Douglas waits round a corner as the men start to follow. The end of St Ervan’s Road and the steps to the bridge that crossed the Hammersmith & City Line towards Tavistock Crescent. Also seen in “Duffer”.

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Now, in the days of graffiti.

Seeing that they are getting ever closer he runs up the steps of the bridge.

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Now with step free access.

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Seemingly escaped from their attention Douglas approaches the lodgings of his wife. What was Modena Street, London W10 Also seen in “Sapphire”.

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Having learned that his wife, Daisy (Jane Hilton), has had his son adopted he strangles her and leaves.…. What was No 5 Modena Street.

….and crosses the road. Modena Street looking towards Kensal Road.

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Now Meanwhile Gardens.

A reverse POV for record purposes.

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A reverse POV now.

A wider view of the road before the landlord, Hendricks (Martin Miller) opens the front door to collect the milk and newspapers.

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Difficult to vary the angle significantly.

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Realising that Daisy has not taken in her milk and paper from the day before Hendricks enters the flat to find her dead and calls the police. Modena Street looking towards Kensal Road, London W10

Inspector Davis (Bruce Seton) found the small price tag that was attached to the present when at Daisy’s flat and sends his Sergeant (John Paul) to visit where he thinks it came from. Included as a record of the road. Wornington Road, London W10

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The redeveloped Wornington Road.

Sgt. Ranson exits the car as it arrives at the “Doll’s Hospital”. 86 Wornington Road

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Now, all very different.

Douglas does his best to trace his son and focuses on a local school. Old Oak Primary School, Mellitus Street, London W12

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The best possible shot given substantial greenery and todays necessary fencing.

On his return home from work with his secretary, Janet Greenway (Jill Browne), he is forced to stop and let some children from the local school cross the road. Wulfstan St. at the junction with Henchman Street, London W12 looking SE.

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All very much the same with the addition of traffic controls.

Douglas wonders whether one of the children might be his son. Wulfstan St. looking NW with Henchman Street off to the left.

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Wulfstan Street looking NW with Henchman Street off the left and Stokesley Street off to the right further on.

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Having proposed marriage to Janet, Douglas collects her from an apartment block. Unknown location

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He sees her off on the train. Marylebone Station, London

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The train pulls out of the station. 42618 Stanier 2-6-4T. Marylebone Station, London

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Douglas walks on thoughtfully. Marylebone Station, London This platform was also used in "Up Jumped a Swagman".

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Returning from the station he passes the end of the road where he lived with Daisy and where it all went wrong…….. Kensal Road, London W 10 with what was Southam Street off to the left and the Robin Hood & Little John public house on the corner facing. This was all demolished to make way for the estate surrounding Trellick Tower.

….and stops to look back. Modena Street, London W10.

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It has been used before I know, but to keep the number of "now" shots up.

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He is startled when a policeman advises him that “he is blocking the road” but it is only the beginning of the end for him and for us with locations. Kensal Road, London W10 all now lost.