Calculated Risk

Date: 1963
Director: Norman Harrison
Production Company: McLeod Productions

Stars: William Lucas, John Rutland, Dilys Watling, Warren Mitchell
Location(s): London, Middlesex

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Storyline:

Crooks plan a bank heist by digging through a basement of a neighbouring house but with a Jonah in the gang things start to go wrong.

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Kenneth 'Kip' Walton (John Rutland) is released from prison. Wandsworth Prison on Heathfield Road in London SW18. The location was seen in 'Get Santa', 'Time Without Pity', 'The Mail Van Murder', 'The Criminal', 'There Was a Crooked Man' and 'Out of the Fog'.

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In a different season. SJ

Kip's brother-in-law Steve Bannerman waits in his car as the ex-con approaches. Looking along Heathfield Avenue towards Wandsworth Prison.

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From ground level. SJ

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Steve takes Kip to lay flowers on the grave of his wife Lilian, who passed away during his sentence. Looking from Isleworth Cemetery onto Park Road in Isleworth, Middlesex.

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Kip follows Steve Bannerman (William Lucas) through the cemetery. Isleworth Cemetery on Park Road.

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The two men walk from the graveside after Kip pays his respects. To the left stands the Memorial to the Pears Family dating from the early 1900s and in the right distance is a chimney belonging to the former Brentford Workhouse Infirmary, later the West Middlesex Hospital.

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After Kip tells him of a bank robbery plan, Steve goes to check out the location. Looking into Lower Square from Swan Street in Isleworth with The Northumberland Arms public house in the left background. The pub was seen in 'Dublin Nightmare' and 1959s 'Jack the Ripper'.

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Just as described, Steve sees a pair of bombed houses next to the bank. The junction of Swan Street and Lower Square with a former engineering works in the background. The building became part of The Old Blue School.

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Agreeing to carry out the heist with Kip, Steve asks Charlie (Harry Landis) where he can find 'jelly boy' Dodo O'Donnell. Looking south from Shepherd's Bush Market in W12, across Goldhawk Road and into Wells Road beyond.

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Next, Steve goes in search of a man who can provide the explosives needed for the job. Shepherd's Bush Market in W12 with a Hammersmith & City Line train passing over the viaduct on the left.

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Simmie (Warren Mitchell) and Steve discuss what is needed and the cost. Shepherd's Bush Market that runs between Goldhawk Road and Uxbridge Road.

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The shady market trader finally agrees a price. Shepherd's Bush Market, London W12. Also seen in 'Goodbye Gemini' and 'Hue and Cry'.

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Gang member Nodge (Terence Cooper) walks Julie Salting (Dilys Watling) to her home opposite the bank. In the background stands The Swan Inn and this is North Street in Isleworth.

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Ron drives Steve to join Nodge and Dodo in the cellars of the derelict houses. Swan Street in Isleworth. The site of the café is now occupied by Swan Court.

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The crooks begin to dig from the cellars of the bombed buildings into the bank's vault. Swan Street, facing the junction with North Street.

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Roughly every two hours, a Policeman checks that the bank is secure as he walks his beat. The frontage appears to have been constructed for the film.

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The following day, two boys play football in the street as Steve, Nodge and Dodo rest from their work. Swan Street with The Swan Inn at the corner of North Street to the centre.

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Kip watches as the boys kick their ball into one of the derelict houses. Swan Street, Isleworth, once in Middlesex but now in the London Borough of Hounslow.

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The boys enter the ruins and discover the cellar before running away. North Street with the shop to the left of centre standing at the corner of Hartland Road.

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Digging recommences on the following night. Swan Street, Isleworth.

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Beneath the crumbling buildings, things start to go wrong for the gang. Swan Street, Old Isleworth in Middlesex.

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Police arrive on the scene after being alerted by Nodge when Steve becomes trapped in one of the cellars. North Street with The Swan Inn in the centre distance.

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Officers close the road as Ron arrives to join his colleagues. Facing North Street and Upper Square from Swan Street. Just around the corner is South Street where scenes for 'The Hi-Jackers' were filmed.

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