Gunman Has Escaped, A

Date: 1948
Director: Richard M Grey
Production Company: Condor Film Productions Ltd

Stars: John Harvey, John Fitzgerald, Robert Cartland, Ernest Brightmore, Maria Charles, Patrick Westwood
Location(s): London

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A passer-by is killed during a robbery by three armed men who go on the run. While all over the news reports, they hide out as labourers on a farm and in true film style one instantly falls for the owner’s daughter. But ringleader Eddie doesn’t care for anything and has becomes trigger-happy.

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Against a BBC Home Service police message of a raid on a jewellers shop in Soho we see Old Compton Street, London W1 looking towards Dean Street.

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More vans than cars these days.

A soon to be unfortunate “Have A Go” passer-by purchases some fruit from a stall holder. The road sign looks like something "....Road Mews" Possibly NW1

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Yes, says Adrian, Loudoun Road Mews NW8, from a tobacconist on the corner of Loudoun Road, roughly at the south entrance of Alexandra Place. Google View replaced by new shot.

Eddie (John Harvey), with the revolver, runs from the raided jewellers, although it looks as if it is an opticians shop. Following the identification of Capture 2 they would have been raiding 45 Loudoun Road, London NW8

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Rough position of the shop. The flats replacing it are set back from the road. Adrian Grepnold

After the shooting the gang escape…. Loudoun Road, London NW8 looking across to All Souls' Church Hall and neighbouring property.

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I couldn't get a match on this, but Richard had noticed that a stone cap remains on the corner of a wall. The church hall has gone and the church side wall seems to have been rebuilt in an original style but with different windows. The things they do just to confuse us. Adrian.

…and go on the run. They highjack a lorry sign written with H G Westlake, 34 Ivor Place, London NW1

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Bill (Robert Cartland), one of the gang is sent by the others to a pub to get some food and drink. "Style & Winch were a Kent based brewery and the sign is something "...Inn"

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After satisfying the inner man they set off to a local farm to seek peace and work. A likely stock shot of a farm. Thereafter there is action in woodlands and the studio.