FILM : Once a Jolly Swagman
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FILM / MOVIE TITLE DATE FILM STAR(S) WHO APPEAR IN THE LOCATION SCENES FILM / MOVIE LOCATIONS / SCENES
Once a Jolly Swagman 1949 Dirk Bogarde, Bonar Colleano, Bill Owen, Renée Asherson, Thora Hird, Cyril Cusack, Sid James Hampshire, London
Director : Jack Lee   Production Company : Wessex Film Productions Ltd  Region : LONDON O-Q,SOUTH WEST

The film focuses on a famous speedway motorcycle rider and his comeback after injuries suffered in war.

Screen captures uploaded by Phil Wilkinson from source material provided by John Tunstill. Uncredited comparison shots by PW.

Also known as 'Maniacs on Wheels' (US Title)

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Once A Jolly Swagman [DVD] [1948]

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Once a Jolly Swagman - Establishing shot of the 'Cobra Speedway' played by New Cross Speedway Stadium off Hornshay Street, London SE15.
Once a Jolly Swagman

ojs001. Establishing shot of the 'Cobra Speedway' played by New Cross Speedway Stadium off Hornshay Street, London SE15.

Once a Jolly Swagman - Bill Fox (Dirk Bogarde) arrives at the stadium. The railway line and bridge have long since disappeared and to the right the land is occupied by buildings on John Williams Close SE14.
Once a Jolly Swagman

ojs002. Bill Fox (Dirk Bogarde) arrives at the stadium. The railway line and bridge have long since disappeared and to the right the land is occupied by buildings on John Williams Close SE14.

Once a Jolly Swagman - Bill approaches Tommy Possey (Bonar Colleano). New Cross Speedway Stadium, London SE15.
Once a Jolly Swagman

ojs003. Bill approaches Tommy Possey (Bonar Colleano). New Cross Speedway Stadium, London SE15.

Once a Jolly Swagman - New Cross Speedway Stadium in SE15. The stadium was demolished in 1975 and the site is now known as Bridge House Meadows.
Once a Jolly Swagman

ojs004. New Cross Speedway Stadium in SE15. The stadium was demolished in 1975 and the site is now known as Bridge House Meadows.

Once a Jolly Swagman - Bill rides home after being dismissed from his job.  Ascalon Street, London SW8.
Once a Jolly Swagman

ojs005. Bill rides home after being dismissed from his job. Ascalon Street, London SW8.

ojs005n. The great God refurbishment is amongst us and scaffolding prevails - same place though.
(Modern Photo Added: 08-10-2012)

Once a Jolly Swagman - Panning shot as Bill turns the corner into Savona Street.
Once a Jolly Swagman

ojs006. Panning shot as Bill turns the corner into Savona Street.

ojs006n. Not a through street anymore and the rebuilding continues.
(Modern Photo Added: 08-10-2012)

Once a Jolly Swagman - Bill rides along the street towards his flat. Savona Street SW8 with Battersea Power Station in the background.
Once a Jolly Swagman

ojs007. Bill rides along the street towards his flat. Savona Street SW8 with Battersea Power Station in the background.

ojs007n. Through the seemingly obligatory urban undergrowth still lies the same street.
(Modern Photo Added: 09-10-2012)

Once a Jolly Swagman - Bill looks up at the block of flats. Savona Street, London SW8.
Once a Jolly Swagman

ojs008. Bill looks up at the block of flats. Savona Street, London SW8.

ojs008n. Same gap in the blocks of LCC flats.
(Modern Photo Added: 08-10-2012)

Once a Jolly Swagman - The block of LCC flats where Bill lives with his family.
Once a Jolly Swagman

ojs009. The block of LCC flats where Bill lives with his family.

ojs009n. Well, at least this shot is pretty similar. Wenham House on the Savona Estate in Battersea SW8.
(Modern Photo Added: 08-10-2012)

Once a Jolly Swagman - Bill visits his friend Lag Gibbon at Stamford Hill House.  Unknown location.
Once a Jolly Swagman

ojs010. Bill visits his friend Lag Gibbon at Stamford Hill House. Unknown location.

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