Ballad in Blue

Date: 1965
Director: Paul Henreid
Production Company: Alsa Productions, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Stars: Ray Charles, Mary Peach, Tom Bell, Dawn Addams, Piers Bishop, Lucy Appleby
Location(s): London, Paris

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Famous singer tries to encourage the family of a blind boy to have a sight operation. SJ

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Charles visits a school for the blind on a rainy day.

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It still stands on Cooper's Row, London EC3. SJ

From the doorway of the above as Charles leaves.

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Looking towards the corner of Cooper's Row and Trinity Square. SJ

Charles arranges for his chauffeur to drop off Peach and her blind son Bishop after a trip in the car along Whitehall.

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But in reality they live at 42 Crutched Friars, just around the corner from Cooper's Row. SJ

A nice clear indicator as Peach and Bishop enter their house.

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At the corner of French Ordinary Court. SJ

The car drives off.

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Crtuched Friars at the corner of Seething Lane. The church is St. Olave's. SJ

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Bishop and Appleby sneak out to meet Charles. This may have been shot at the studio, based in Ardmore, Ireland. Stephen Smith tells us that this exterior shot is the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin but the interiors were indeed the Ardmore Studios. (RL)

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The action switches to Paris with Bell accompanying the family.

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Definitely appears to be Paris. It is, this is the Olympia Theatre on Boulevard des Capucines 75009. (PW)

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Bell steps out into the nighttime Parisian air. Outside Chez Barre on Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, Paris 75018. (PW)

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The camera pans upward to reveal the Sacre Coeur area. And this is Rue du Chevalier de la Barre seen from the junction with Rue du Mont Cenis. (PW)

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A Parisian street, not easy ...

. . . but this helps!

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Taken in June but it will not have changed much since then. (RL)