Bachelor of Hearts

Date: 1958
Director: Wolf Rilla
Production Company: Rank / Independent Artists

Stars: Hardy Kruger, Sylvia Syms, Eric Barker, Miles Malleson
Location(s): Cambridge, Royston?, London

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Comedy. A German scholar arriving as an exchange student at Cambridge takes time to win the trust of his fellow students, but eventually wins them over and in the days of rigid segregation finds romance with Ann (Sylvia Sims) but complicates things by arranging simultaneous dates.

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Cambridge railway station.

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Now. Photo by Glynn Peterson, well done that man.

Seemed to be the drive towards the station, but now gone. The A10 London-Cambridge Road, the row of shops are on the entrance to the Trumpington council estate. Spotted and submitted by John MacWillson, many thanks. At the junction of High Street/Anstey Way, Tumpington, confirms Brian Dockerill.

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Now pic from Brian Dockerill.

Beside the Cambridge station forecourt.

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Now. Glynn strikes again, but this is a pan shot. Thanks, but no prize money.

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Different times. SJ

Senate House Cambridge on the left and Gonville and Caius college in the distance.

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Yes, that's Gonville and Caius, also known more simply as Caius, at the end of King's Parade, where the real Harold Abrahams of Chariots of Fire fame attended. SJ

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Now. Glynn's pic is a bit left of the subject, but then lots of Cambridge students are!

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The windows in the screen of King's gatehouse. SJ

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Now, King's. SJ

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Some nice architectural detail of King's gate. SJ

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Looking south down King's Parade. SJ

One of the colleges, probably All saints, Jesus Lane, Cambridge.

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Identified by Gavin Reynolds as Clare, Trinity Lane and he's right. SJ

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Clare again. SJ

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Ah, the power of the cinema. Kruger enters Clare but this is Gaius looking south. SJ

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Gaius again, identified by Selwyn alumnus, Rupert Candy. SJ

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Kruger's rooms. SJ

St John's Cambridge.

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Trinity Street, St John's in the background, identified by Rupert Candy. SJ

The shirtmaker's front door.

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King's Parade.

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Now. Glynn's pic.

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Caius at the junction of Senate House Passage and Trinity Street at the top of King's Parade. SJ

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Great St Mary's Church to the left. SJ

Shirtmakers shop front.

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Now. Glynn's pic

Cambridge, yes. Senate House, perhaps, or Peterhouse, or Trumpington, or?..?

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Back at Clare College. SJ


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Clare, exactly the same after 50 years. SJ

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Unfortunately the gate's closed but it's Trinity. SJ

St Johns Street, Cambridge, says John Macwillson, well done.

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This is the former High Street now called Trinity Street (which runs into St John's Street) opposite Trinity and very similar to bh004. SJ

Magdalene Bridge, often pronounced "Mawdlin".

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Now. However you say it, Glynn Peterson snapped it.

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Sorry, Glynn, you're on the wrong side of the bridge: how did you get down there? This is from the northeast corner of the bridge on Magdalene Street, not the southwest, so I've replaced your photo but left the one above. SJ

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Magdalen bridge today and some happy punters on the Cam. SJ

Trinity College, the public face.

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Now. Well sleuthed Glynn.

The continuity suggests the interior of Trinity.

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Aahhh, that was the angle Glynn was looking for??..quite creative in an existentialist way, don't you think?

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Now. As an aside, from the ever creative Glynn, a pic of our 'enery., on the same gateway, with a chairleg in his right hand! Some young scallywags pinched his sceptre some years ago, and left the bereft monarch with this humble replacement!

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A shop?????..any ideas?

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That says "Chester House." The continuity suggests that they can see the Proctors in bh011 from here, which would mean Trinity Street but it doesn't seem to match.

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Side of Senate House.

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King's College chapel and the railings of Senate House. SJ

As yet unfound, but near the Senate House.

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Identified by Gavin Reynolds as the door to Caius and he's right again. SJ

Same sort of place.

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And panning to the left down Senate House Passage. SJ

Senate House Lane.

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Now. Photo'd and located by Glynn.

Trinity Lane, part of a pan.

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Now. Glynn's pan pic, thanks a lot well spotted.

Trinity Lane.

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Now. Glynn again.

Garrett Hostel Lane.

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Now. Another wow from Glynn, he really knows the back alleys of Cambridge. But we won't enquire how he gained such knowledge.

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Now. Trinity Lane, seriously sleuthed by Glynn.

Senate House again, also see Pics 2 and 2a.

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This has to be that new college, on a corner, near the river??.yes, you know the one I mean??..but what's it called? Just across the road from the Punt Yard.... and that's a Selwyn College scarf adds Annabel Church with anecdotal insight. SJ

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Yes, that's the place, wonky angle????..but the name? Queens College, Cambridge, identified by John Macwillson, thank you... original still replaced by SJ for better angle.

Nice piece of brickwork on the corner.

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And the brickwork is still there on the corner of Mill Lane and Laundress Lane. SJ

Probably the same street, looks like a hill, and not many of them in Cambridge, if that's where it is, or was.

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Same street. Mill Lane. SJ

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And again, heading east to Trumpington Street from the punting yard. SJ

OK, there's a clue, 12.5 miles from Cambridge, 46.5 miles from London, 6 miles from Nuthampstead (Isn't that where Rupert Bear lived?), and on the probably Royston in Herfordshire. Roundabout in Royston at Newmarket Rd/Melbourn rd/Melbourn street/Priory lane claims Brian Dockerill.

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The approach to the A10 roundabout from the Cambridge end - courtesy Google & Geoff Gwillym

..............any advance on Royston? Priory Cinema, Royston. Well confirmed by John Macwillson.

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Same roundabout. The view of what once was the cinema, then apparently an Indian restaurant, now derelict- courtesy Google Maps & Geoff Gwillym


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gone Google Maps & Geoff Gwillym

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Coming off the Royston A10 roundabout towards London - courtesy Google Maps & Geoff Gwillym .

Burkes Road, Beaconsfield looking towards "The Highway" the building to the left of shot is the now defunct 5 ways cafe & cinema. Colin Blundell.

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The same location now, with the addition of a large building. (PW)

London, north of Oxford Street? Or Belgravia, or Victoria?

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North of Kensington Gardens: the bit jutting out on the right still juts! SJ

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Lancaster Gate, London W2

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This corner was also seen in The Broken (qv). SJ

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London Movie Guide (Anova) will tell you all about The Man Outside, Three Blind Mice, Endless Night, Two Weeks in September. SJ

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In fact Bardot stayed in that hotel behind in Two Weeks in September in 1967. SJ

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And this is directly opposite. All the bh016s at Lancaster Gate, W2. SJ

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Back in Cambridge at the Faculty of Mathematics.

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Maybe the Pitt Building on Trumpington Street, suggests Joe Steadman. SJ

A nice turn of ankle.

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Brother Brian 1947 - 2011, with ankle!

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Now. SJ

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The Mill pub to the left still stands but otherwise some rebuilding. SJ

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This is where Kruger must have been standing: the only kink in the wall. SJ

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That college again???.I'll never forget??what's it called! Queens College, Cambridge, identified by John Macwillson, thank you.

Punt Yard

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Now. SJ

Punt Yard again and Mill Lane.

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Now. Well shot by Glynn.

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Nice doorway behind Eric Barker.

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Could this be near Trumpington College? Trumpington does not have a college named after it! Says Brian Dockerill, without telling us where it is. John Macwillson advises that the Eastern Counties 129 service ran from Cambridge (Peas Hill) to Oakington and Girton, no where near Trumpington. Does anyone know the route? (RL)

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Not too easy this one.

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MMMmmmmm?.. Girton College suggests Brian Dockerill.

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In the film, this is supposed to be Girton.

King's Parade, Botolph Lane end.

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Now. SJ

St Edward's Passage.

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Now. Sleuthed by Glynn, and very worthy of ten smackerooneys.

Is this a bit further up St Edward's passage? Perhaps I should re-write that!

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Now. SJ

But you know what I mean.

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Now. SJ

Too easy, no prizes.

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Trinity from The Backs. SJ

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The Avenue bridge over the Cam. SJ

One of the main roads in Cambridge.

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King's Parade with Gaius behind the scaffolding and St Mary's on the right. SJ

Lavs in the Market.

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Now. Used as storage, Thanks Glynn for this insite!

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That's the side of Great St. Mary's Church. SJ

The Market.

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The Market.

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Now. The Market

Sidney Street, Cambridge, John Macwillson on the case again, ... where exactly? I've looked for it and can't find it. SJ

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6 (Stiles) and 7 (Millers) Sidney Street. The "wavy line" masonry decoration on the extreme right, remains and confirms. Richard Lovejoy

Senate House.

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Rupert Candy and I think the Fitzwilliam further south on Trumpington Street. SJ

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Fitzwilliam again. SJ


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Entering Clare College with King's College chapel on the right. Identification by Rupert Candy. SJ

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And MMmmmmm again... could be the interior of Caius. Look at the shape of the north side of the southwest courtyard. SJ