Ghost Camera, The

Date: 1933
Director: Bernard Vorhaus
Production Company: Real Art Productions

Stars: John Mills, Ida Lupino
Location(s): Dorset, Middlesex

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When a photograph is taken at the scene of a murder, the camera is tossed out of a castle window to destroy the evidence and lands in the back of a passing car belonging to chemist John Gray who becomes amateur sleuth after developing the film and goes in search of the woman captured by the photograph. When the camera is stolen from his laboratory, Gray’s suspicions are further aroused.

Additional Information:

“Many of the shots between minutes 21-26 were filmed just outside Windsor & Eton Riverside Station . . . the road runs alongside the railway there . . . I recognised it immediately because I used to play there as a boy. At 21.21 you can clearly see Windsor Castle in the background. When the train passes the level crossing it is very close to entering the station.” Colin Lewis

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Is this Corfe Castle?

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Yes, it certainly is!

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A street, it says Thorntons over the door, part of a pan.

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Panned, nice old petrol pump.

Corfe Castle again, perhaps?

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Not the right angle but I'm too mean to pay the entry fee: the wall and windows prove Corfe Castle. SJ.

Corfe Castle again.

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The right angle. My National Trust membership got me in. SD

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A crowd scene, again part of a pan.

The Town Square

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The wall of Twickenham Film Studios, The Barons, Twickenham. The two windows can also be seen in "Dilemma". (RL)

The Town Square

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The Barons, Twickenham and the wall of the film studios. (RL)

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Back to the crowd

It says Ringwood at the back??a clue!... Taken up by Chris Goddard who says, "This is what is now the St Margaret's pub, just round the corner from Twickenham Film Studios. Ringwoods' head office was in Hammersmith, but apparently brewed at the Griffin Brewery. The 1923 London phone book lists several of their properties including the "St Margaret's Hotel"."

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The St Margarets Pub indeed, on the corner of St Margarets Rd and Crown Road, Twickenham. (RL)

The Town Square again, with a double decker bus. Bus sleuths, info please...looks like a London NS type, and furthermore the train appearing earlier in the film is a 3SUB of the Southern Railway and with the Head code of H could possibly be around the Staines / Windsor area, certainly to the west. Info from John Doel with thanks... and backed up by Chris G who agrees on the Windsor Line.

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St. Margarets Road, Twickenham again and less crowded. (RL)

The Square again. St. Margaret's Road, which is seen in 'Strongroom', 'Double Bunk' and 'Emergency'.

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St. Margaret's Road again with just me and my camera. (RL)