Stanley Baker, Anne Heywood, David McCallum, Peter Cushing, John Slater
Liverpool & London
Director : Basil Dearden Production Company : Rank Organisation Region : LONDON T-Z,NORTH
A Liverpool street gang, bossed by Rock n' Roll hoodlum - Johnny (David McCallum) at odds with Stanley Baker a police juvenile liason officer, who is also in love with the gang leaders sister (Anne Heywood).
Stills and now images by John Owens: The film is mainly shot around the 'Gerard Garden' flats and surrounding streets - both of which were demolished in the 1980s - which makes 'now' shots difficult. But the use of the "Liverpool" church in vp012 is the fourth use of this remarkable building. Strange, curious co-incidence or deliberate inclusion for more sinister motives. The Cinema of Darkness explores some of the possibilities.
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vp001. Taken from Picturegoer Film annual 1958-59, Robert Ottaway, Odhams Press. - Liverpool. The flats in the background of the photograph were part of what was Gerard Crescent and this particular block of flats were known locally as the "holy block" because a number of residents on the block had connection in the local parish church of St. Joseph's. The block overlooked Gerard Crescent and backed onto Christian Street in Liverpool. Where Stanley Baker is sitting was waste land and was known locally as the "hills" they led down to Scotland road in Liverpool ~ John Glover
vp001n. John Owens writes: I found this on the internet. It's a still from short film made locally by Paul Sudbury - about Gerard Gardens - titled 'Gardens of Stone'. It shows their demolition in 1987 and is interesting because someone has painted on the building 'Violent Playground 30 years On'. (Modern Photo Added: 01-07-2010)
vp001a. Taken from the Maurice Speed film review 1958.
vp001b. Postcard view of Gerard Gardens.
vp001c. Taken from the Maurice Speed film review 1958 - Stanley Baker outside a row of terraced houses.
vp002. Unidentified Liverpool street with the Anglican Cathedral in the distance.
vp002n. I believe the location of this scene is Windsor Street, Toxteth, Liverpool. Colin Guthrie. (Modern Photo Added: 03-11-2011)
vp003. Stanley Baker and John Slater outside Rose Hill Police Station.
vp004. Outside the Rose Hill police station.
vp005. Row of shops - exact location not known.
vp006. Same shops as in vp005.
vp007. Walking towards Gerard Gardens - exact location not identified.