Band Wagon

Date: 1940
Director: Marcel Varnel
Production Company: Gainsborough Pictures

Stars: Arthur Askey, Jack Hylton and his Band, Richard Murdoch, Pat Kirkwood, Moore Marriott, Freddy Schweitzer, Bruce Trent
Location(s): London, South East

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Evicted from the roof of Broadcasting House, Arthur Askey and Richard Stinker Murdoch move into Droon Castle in Sussex. Not realising that the television equipment they discover is in use by German secret agents they do the obvious thing – put on a show.

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Screen captures and comparison shots 1 to 4 by James Churcher and photographer Chris Churcher and all uploaded by Richard Lovejoy.

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The location is set, Broadcasting House, Langham Place, London W1 that appears in many films, the same frames were used in 'Back Room Boy', another film in which Arthur Askey appeared.

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A cleaner view in all respects.

Just in case there is any doubt as to it being the home of the BBC. A Studio set included for completeness

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The real one.

Big Hearted Arthur (Arthur Askey) and Stinker Murdoch (Richard Murdoch) are evicted from their rooftop existence and leave in their car by grabbing a tow from the Governor’s Rolls Royce. Upper Regent Street, London with Mortimer Street off to the right.

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At least some buildings remain to frame the shot.

Into Piccadilly Circus with Regent Street going off to the top left.

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Pedestrianisation and Eros being moved has rather changed the view. With added thanks to Alex Gleason who also contributed to this shot.

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And out into the country. The signpost says ‘Footpath to Westcott’ . . . . which is in Buckinghamshire.

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Up a hill until the tow breaks.

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Having lost their tow the Rolls carries on without them, and the film carries on in the Studio. Could that be the spire of St. Martin’s Church, Dorking above the trees? If so is this Milton Heath?