FILM : River Beat
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River Beat 1954 John Bentley, Phyllis Kirk, Leonard White, Glyn Houston, Charles Lloyd Pack London
Director : Guy Green   Production Company : Victor Hanbury Productions  Region : LONDON R-S

Judy (Phyllis Kirk) is a radio operator on an American ship tricked into smuggling diamonds in the belief that she was delivering cigarettes. Stopped by Customs she is in further trouble when the man who involved her is found dead in the river. Det. Insp. Dan Barker (John Bentley), who has fallen for Judy has to find out whether she is guilty or innocent and protect her from the smuggling gang, especially if they think she is “going to talk”.

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River Beat - Setting the scene through the titles and credits, Tower Bridge and the Pool of London
River Beat

rb001. Setting the scene through the titles and credits, Tower Bridge and the Pool of London

rb001n. A similar shot from the shore.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-06-2014)

River Beat - Christopher Matheson has identified Judy (Phyllis Kirk) to be filmed leaving the London Docks entrance on the corner of Thomas Moore St and East Smithfield although said to be arriving to deliver packets of cigarettes that unknowingly contain diamonds.
River Beat

rb002. Christopher Matheson has identified Judy (Phyllis Kirk) to be filmed leaving the London Docks entrance on the corner of Thomas Moore St and East Smithfield although said to be arriving to deliver packets of cigarettes that unknowingly contain diamonds.

rb002n. Christopher has never viewed the entrance from the inside and neither had I........until now.
(Modern Photo Added: 04-07-2014)

River Beat - Det. Insp. Dan Barker (John Bentley) and Det. Sgt. Mack McLeod (Leonard White) of Thames Division pass Thames Tunnel ventilation shaft (North Bank) with St Paul's, Shadwell at its left.
River Beat

rb003. Det. Insp. Dan Barker (John Bentley) and Det. Sgt. Mack McLeod (Leonard White) of Thames Division pass Thames Tunnel ventilation shaft (North Bank) with St Paul's, Shadwell at its left.

rb003n. A similar shot from the shore, with substantially changed surroundings.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-06-2014)

River Beat - They alight at a police pontoon on the south bank. Rob Jefferies, Hon Curator of Thames Police Museum, Wapping advises that it would have been a set as there was no genuine police pontoon there then.
River Beat

rb004. They alight at a police pontoon on the south bank. Rob Jefferies, Hon Curator of Thames Police Museum, Wapping advises that it would have been a set as there was no genuine police pontoon there then.

rb004n. It is likely that Cherry Garden Pier was used, a similar shot from the river steps.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-06-2014)

River Beat - Working with Judy, Dan uses her to try and spot the people who are involved with the diamond smuggling. She fails to recognise Maclure (David Hurst). Bert Fisher (Patrick Jordan) exits shortly after. Corner of Raynham Road, London, W6
River Beat

rb005. Working with Judy, Dan uses her to try and spot the people who are involved with the diamond smuggling. She fails to recognise Maclure (David Hurst). Bert Fisher (Patrick Jordan) exits shortly after. Corner of Raynham Road, London, W6

rb005n. No "corner shop" these days.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-06-2014)

River Beat - A scan right down Raynham Road included only to show more property.
River Beat

rb006. A scan right down Raynham Road included only to show more property.

rb006n. All rather smarter now.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-06-2014)

River Beat - Dan, Mack and Judy arrive to see Bert Fisher at Tower Bridge Buildings, Mill Street, Bermondsey, SE1
River Beat

rb007. Dan, Mack and Judy arrive to see Bert Fisher at Tower Bridge Buildings, Mill Street, Bermondsey, SE1

rb007n. The redevelopment has incorporated much of the original building.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-06-2014)

River Beat - The film cuts to them leaving the car, still in Mill Street but parked further down the street.
River Beat

rb008. The film cuts to them leaving the car, still in Mill Street but parked further down the street.

rb008n. All now a little more "gentrified".
(Modern Photo Added: 28-06-2014)

River Beat - Judy is unable to recognise Bert Fisher so the police speed off with Judy to see if she recognizes Charlie Williamson (Glyn Houston) in
River Beat

rb009. Judy is unable to recognise Bert Fisher so the police speed off with Judy to see if she recognizes Charlie Williamson (Glyn Houston) in "Poplar". Hardinge St, E1 St Mary's Church, Cable Street centre.

rb009n. Substantial redevelopment north side of the bridge but the Convent of Mercy remains on the south side.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-06-2014)

River Beat - The film cuts to near where Charlie lives. An unknown location and probably by now redeveloped but the locals are clearly interested in the filming.
River Beat

rb010. The film cuts to near where Charlie lives. An unknown location and probably by now redeveloped but the locals are clearly interested in the filming.

rb010n. Ray Glenister trawled the streets of East London with the aid of Google and with added research found this to be what was Royal Jubilee Buildings, Wapping High Street, London E1. Once one of the worst slums in Wapping and the last to be demolished in the 1960's. See also rb014. Replacing Google Earth. (RL)
(Modern Photo Added: 07-09-2017)

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