Dial 999 (aka The Way Out)

Date: 1955
Director: Montgomery Tully
Production Company: Merton Park Studios

Stars: Mona Freeman, Gene Nelson, John Bentley, Michael Goodliffe, Michael Golden
Location(s): London, Surrey

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Storyline:

Greg Carradine (Gene Nelson) tells his wife Terry (Mona Freeman) that the police are after him as he has killed a bookie after a drunken binge, but he is innocent and is being framed. Terry and her brother John (Michael Goodliffe) hide him and try and find out who the killer is but the more they investigate the more holes they find in his story.

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Terry Carradine (Mona Freeman) leaves her flat to meet her husband who she has learned has killed a man and is wanted by the police. Corner Fielde, Wavertree Road, London, SW2

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Still very much the same today.

She waits for a bus to meet her husband Greg (Gene Nelson) at an agreed rendezvous. Streatham Hill near Wavertree Road

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Greenery in the road now.

Being followed by the police she jumps off the bus and crosses the road to hail a taxi. Streatham Hill

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Much the same but the bus stop has been moved a few yards, but helps the shot!

…and is taken to Baker Street Station. No actor but this shot shows more of the station building and a few frames later she is seen getting out of the taxi.

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The entrances and shops have been changed over the years.

She "graps" the next available taxi just as the previous passenger starts to pay to go to an apartment of some absent friends to meet Greg.

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The station entrance is now a shop.

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She arrives at the apartment block. Included for identification.

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Only to find the police are already there and Greg is not to be found. Unidentified location.

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Further shot for identification purposes.

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The police drive Terry to her place of work. Unidentified location.

Greg telephones Terry whilst she is at the apartment of her friend Vera (Paula Bryne). Ian Hedgcock identifies this as Upper Richmond Road looking east from the end of Sheen Court. (RL)

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Ian now supports his identification with this shot.

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Establishing shot of Harding & Co where Terry works. An unusual entwined chimney just off centre and the word “Fire” dead centre. Unidentified location.

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Terry visits Southwood greyhound kennels to arrange for Greg to be smuggled out of the country. Unidentified location but looks as if it might be a genuine greyhound kennels.

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Terry meets Tom Smithers (Charles Victor) at the kennels to secure the arrangement to move Greg out through the port of Ramsgate.

Terry and brother John set off by bus to meet Smithers with a view to speeding up the departure arrangements. Establishing shot. For the sake of the film the bus turns off route into what is now Streatham Place.

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The junction of Brixton Hill and Streatham Hill, no busses off route today.

The police having dutifully waited at the lights follow the bus.

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A very similar view despite the passing years. Streatham Place towards Christchurch Road.

While the police wait at the traffic lights Terry and John leave the bus after it rounds the corner and hide in a doorway. In reality this stop is before the lights in Brixton Hill. What these Directors will do!

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Brixton Hill opposite Holmewood Road. The church has gone but the bus stop is still there.

Re-arrangements made, she heads down Victoria Street, SW1 in one of Smithers vehicles.

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Rather more traffic to hide in these days.

Along Whitehall.

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All rather different now.

Into Lower Regent Street to pick up Greg from a bar in Jermyn Street, SW1

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The same place now.

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They head off out of London for Ramsgate. Unidentified location but this must be easy for someone.

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Was there really somewhere with so many cooling towers? Yes, Croydon "A" Power Station says Ray Potter. The towers were demolished in January 1974. This must therefore be Beddington Farm Road, as was, and now part of the Valley Park Retail and Leisure Complex. (RL)

Terry and her brother swap vehicles and change the registration numbers and emerge from Spencers Garage. The Rush/Watery Lane, Merton, London SW19 The garage also appears in The Key Man from the opposite angle.

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A rather less busy corner. (RL)

“No sign of them on the main roads in Kent” remarks the Chief Inspector (Michael Golden). Not surprising they are in New Maldon, Surrey!

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Much the same today.

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After a struggle with the police Greg is finally caught but is run over by a passing coach. Unidentified location.

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Det. Sgt. Seagrave (John Bentley) and Terry walk back to the police car…..if only the signpost was legible. Unidentified location.

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