Weekend with Lulu, A

Date: 1961
Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Production Company: Hammer Films

Stars: Bob Monkhouse, Leslie Phillips, Alfred Marks, Shirley Eaton, Irene Handl
Location(s): Hampshire, Kent, Surrey

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Storyline:

A young couple plan a romantic weekend at the coast in a pal’s caravan but end up in France.

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Friday evening sees employees leave work for the weekend.

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The Security Guard watches as one employee walks from the offices carrying a weekend bag.

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The shady looking character walks away from the building.

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After checking his watch, the man begins to wait next to a phone box.

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Another man drives a Bedford CA van towards the rendezvous point.

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The ice cream delivery van approaches the phone box.

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The two men drive away to a padlocked yard.

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Having collected Lulu the caravan from the yard, Timothy Gray (Leslie Phillips) waves at his girlfriend Deirdre through the window of the salon where she works.

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Timothy and his mate Fred Scrutton (Bob Monkhouse) climb into the ice cream delivery van with Deirdre . . . . and her mother. Just along from the Odeon on New Zealand Avenue in Walton on Thames, Surrey.

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The four set off for a weekend at the coast.

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As the journey progresses, Mrs. Bell keeps an eye on Tim while he shows Deirdre the switch for the vans chimes.

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Fred steers away from the main road after hearing on the radio about weekend traffic jams.

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After taking a more than short cut in the dark, the van, Lulu and the four vacationists end up on board a freight train.

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Realising that they are on a train, the four look out from Lulu as the train passes the film's Chateuron sur Bois signalbox. Peter Brown sees the "box" as rather more English than French and identifies it as the Woolmer block post on the old favourite Longmoor Military Railway in Hampshire. (RL)

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More French scenes are passed as the radio reaffirms that they are no longer in Britain.

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It's not long before the train eventually arrives at a marshalling yard. Gregor Baddley points out that this isn't France but Toton Marshalling Yard between Derby and Nottingham adding that "These days the yard is mostly disused but will soon to be the site of the East Midlands HS2 rail station."

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The wagon with Lulu on board is shunted into a siding.

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Railway staff remove the caravan from the train.

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The van is driven from the wagon as the four discuss their predicament.

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While the Station Master alerts the police, Fred drives from the marshalling yard causing a cyclist to swerve.

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The camera pans to follow the ice cream van as it disappears from view.

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More wrong side of the road comedy as a lorry approaches.

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Having dodged the huge truck, Fred drives away to find a petrol station.

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The hapless foursome end up following a Rolls-Royce.

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Just as Fred has difficulty overtaking, the Silver Ghost turns into a driveway.

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The camera stays with the Rolls as it passes through the gateway.

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Followed through the gates by the ice cream van, the limousine draws up outside a huge house.

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When the van is brought to a stand outside the house, Mrs. Florence Bell (Irene Handl) meets the owner, the Comte de Champs Clair (Alfred Marks).

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While the women are shown the house by the Comte, Fred takes the van and Lulu to the rear of the premises.

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The Comte brings Deirdre (Shirley Eaton) and her mother to the stables.

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While the others are taken to the wine cellars, Tim syphons petrol from the Rolls.

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The police arrive at the Comte's home.

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As Tim goes to find Deirdre inside, Fred and Mrs. Bell prepare to make their escape.

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Agent de police Chiron (Graham Stark) watches as Lulu is towed past the front of the house.

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After Inspector Larue and the Comte have departed in pursuit of Lulu, Chiron runs from the rear of the house.

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The Tour de France passes through a nearby town. This looks like stock footage of the actual race.

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More stock footage as the cyclists head through the countryside.

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Once more escaping from the police, Fred drives under a low railway bridge with disastrous results.

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A Fiat heads towards the bridge, followed by Inspector Larue and then the cyclists of the Tour de France.

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With the rooftop 'wafer' display now falling from the roof of the Bedford, Fred looks for a safe place to hide.

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Fred steers into a farm yard.

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Having removed the 'wafer' from the van's roof, Fred, Tim, Deirdre and her mother finally makes it to the airfield. This is Lydd Airport on the south coast of Kent.

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The camera follows the van as it heads towards an air freighter.

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Once aboard, the plane heads for England.

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After landing, the freighter is directed onto the apron. Lydd Airport was also seen in 'That Riviera Touch' and 'Hysteria'.

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Fred drives Tim, Deirdre and Flo towards the customs hall. As the sign says, Lydd Ferryfield Airport near Lydd in Kent.