Liverpool, Widnes?, Wirral, Mersey, New Brighton, Lancashire, London
Director : Charles Frend Production Company : Vic Films productions Limited Region : LONDON M-N,NORTH
A small boy steals a magnet and accidentally becomes a hero.
Following the postcard Now shots sent in by Ray Jones from his personal archive he subsequently supplemented those with a rather amusing story of his "scally days", with more pictures from his archive. Read article.
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mg001. Title showing Liverpool Cathedral. These pulls, snips, grabs or then pics were all gathered by Charles Blackman.
mg002. A street in the Wirral, maybe Widnes? But which? I think the family might have lived in Penkett Road Wallasey but I'm still not certain, maybe some shots are of the Grove Road area of Wallasey Village, Brian Say, imdb site.
mg002n. This is actually in Park Hill Ealing London W5. John Owens discovered it. (Modern Photo Added: 14-02-2011)
mg003. Another view of probably, the same street, with some distinctive architecture.
mg003n. The other side of the road (Park Hill, Ealing, London) - James Robertson Justice as the tramp. John Owens with the pic. (Modern Photo Added: 14-02-2011)
mg004. Wall detail.
mg004n. James Fox chalking the 'secret language of tramps' on the gatepost. John Owens. (Modern Photo Added: 14-02-2011)
mg005. More wall.
mg005n. Distinctive wall. John Owens again. (Modern Photo Added: 14-02-2011)
mg006. This is the old ramp leading to the Mersey Ferry. Good social history stuff, and with the two actors.
mg006n. From Ray Jones' archives. One can see the main pier through the steel stanchions. Clearly visible is the 'hut' on the landing stage, as mentioned in mg007. See below for more from Ray. (SJ) (Modern Photo Added: 01-03-2015)
mg007. Harbourmaster's (?) hut, ferry side.
mg007n. The landing stage and pier were located right on the round white building, center/bottom, in this Google Map close up. Fort Perch Rock can also be seen at the top of the marine lake. Thank you Ray. (SJ) (Modern Photo Added: 01-03-2015)
mg008. Pier head, Ferry jetty?... mg008 is not the Mersey Ferry floating landing stage at the Pier Haed, Liverpool. It's actually the same thing, only on the other side at New Brighton. Notice the far background. No liverpool side large buildings, but you can just make out the sea wall of the marine lake. You would be looking , roughly, in the mg023 direction. Ray Jones
mg008n. And Ray sent this postcard in to prove his case. (SJ) (Modern Photo Added: 01-03-2015)
mg009. Probably the original street(s) from the earlier pics with the sequence up to 16.
mg009n. This is Mount Avenue in Ealing. Some shots here were tricky due to trees and hedges so this one is copyright Google Streetview. Mount Avenue was also used in 'The Long Memory' - see lm006 and lm007. John Owens. (Modern Photo Added: 14-02-2011)
mg010. It says perhaps Avon Cottage or maybe Avril Cottage? A clue sleuths.
mg010n. The sign in mg010 actually says 'Devon Cottage' - it's still there though the original sign has gone. It's marked 'Devon' on one of the gateposts - with 'Cottage' on another gatepost further down.The cottage dates from 1796. (Modern Photo Added: 14-02-2011)