Hue and Cry

Date: 1946
Director: Charles Crichton
Production Company: Ealing Studios

Stars: Jack Warner, Alastair Sim, Harry Fowler, Valerie White, Douglas Barr, Joan Dowling
Location(s): London



A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip’s wording each week.

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Replacement and additional screen captures uploaded by Phil Wilkinson. Uncredited location identification by PW with original research by John Tunstill and Simon James

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Before the titles appear as graffiti on a bombsite's walls, children are seen throwing stones at each other. In Patrick Loobey and Jon Mills' 'The Boroughs of Wandsworth & Battersea at War' published by Sutton Publishing Limited in 1996 ISBN-13: 978-0750909440 we are told that that the early bomb site scenes were shot in the Thessaly Road area of Battersea SE8.

The camera sweeps across the Thames, revealing a panorama of post war docklands. The view is down river from Wapping with St. Annes's Church, Limehouse on the extreme left.

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Taken from a little closer to the water line. (RL)

Panning left brings the entrance to Shadwell Basin and the tower of the London Hydraulic Power Company's Wapping Pumping Station into view.

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I am sure a similar shot could be found from an apartment or roof garden but I had very limited choixce at ground level. (RL)

The shot ends after the spires of St. Paul’s, Shadwell and St. Mary's, Cable Street come into the frame.

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Well, at least I managed to get both spires in the shot! (RL)

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Outside the parish church where young Alec is singing in the choir, Roy Ellis (Stanley Escane) mocks Arthur (David Simpson) as he takes car registration numbers while their pal picks up a comic.

Alec (Douglas Barr) listens to Joe Kirby (Harry Fowler) read from the copy of Trump. Ian Dunn locates this as Wapping Pier Head off Wapping High Street. Butler's Wharf, the Anchor Brewery and Tower Bridge can be seen in the background.

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Wapping Pier Head in E1 by SJ. 'The Squeeze', 'Pool of London', 'The Long Memory', 'Brannigan', 'The Secret Partner' and 'Jack & Sarah' were all shot in and around the area.

After giving the comic to Dicky, Joe buys another to continue reading. Holborn Viaduct in EC1, which was also seen in 'Hidden City' and 'Three and Out'.

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With concrete anti-terrorist car bomb barricades, this is Holborn Viaduct now, looking towards Holborn Circus. SJ.

Joe runs to board the bus home. Holborn Viaduct facing Holborn Circus.

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Looking towards Holborn Circus from Holborn Viaduct. SJ.

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On the journey home, Joe gets engrossed in an adventure story featuring Selwyn Pike. The inset shows the cooling towers of the power station at Church End in Harlesden as seen from Gresham Road NW10.

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Selwyn Pike drives at breakneck speed to fictional Wilmot Road. Facing south from the junction of Woodheyes Road and Gresham Road in Harlesden with Church End Power Station in the distance. The power station closed in 1972 and the site is now occupied by Taylor's Lane Power Station.

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The sleuth catches sight of the van he's been looking for. Bridge Road, London NW10.

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Pike catches up with the truck carrying wooden crates, two containing dead bodies and the third . . . . Looking to the south-east on Taylor's Lane in Brent NW10 and the bridge carries the railway between Cricklewood and Acton Wells.

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Joe is given a job at Covent Garden Market working for Jim Nightingale after mistakenly accusing a furrier of being entangled in the Selwyn Pike comic story.

Following a hard day at the market, Joe runs home. Jeff Haythorpe recognises the chimneys as those belonging to Battersea Power Station and this is Patmore Street in SW8.

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Patmore Street today. The chimney is behind the tree, trust me. SJ

After tea, Joe leaves the house pondering the comic strip adventure that seemed to become real. Facing south-east on Patmore Street with the ruins of St. Andrews Church standing on Stockdale Road in the background.

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The rebuilt church. SJ

Deciding to investigate further, Joe and Alec go to see the author of the comic's story, Felix H. Wilkinson. David Neicho spotted Iverna Gardens in London W8.

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The same location now, snapped by David Neicho.

The camera tilts up to Wilkinson's apartment where they all discover that the stories are being altered. Iverna Gardens in Kensington.

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Iverna Gardens now, found and captured by David Neicho.

Joe makes his way to the publishers of the Trump. St. Andrews Street, London EC1 looking towards Holborn Circus identified by Robert Mockridge.

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The statue of Prince Albert at Holborn Circus and St. Andrew's Church both remain. SJ.

The offices of 'Junior Publications Ltd'. Winton House at the corner of St. Andrews Street and Shoe Lane identified by Ray Simmons. The location is also seen in 'The Day the Earth Caught Fire'.

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This is the same EC4 location now. SJ.

From across the road, Joe watches the building before spotting a lad coming out. Robert Mockridge advises that this is looking eastward from the junction of St. Andrew Street and Shoe Lane. In the background is Farringdon Street and the tower of the Congregational Memorial Hall.

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Peter found just a few alterations! Farringdon Street still stands in the background, with seemingly more changes to come.

Norman Pelley (Ian Dawson) waits for Rhona Davis (Valerie White) as she leaves the offices of Trump . Holborn Circus from St. Andrews Street in EC1.

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And this is what the street looks like now. SJ.

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After Joe enlists Norman's help by telling him about the story changes, he and the rest of the gang head to Ritchie's department store in Oxford Circus, the location of the next robbery according to Trump.

The next day, Clarry (Joan Dowling) consoles Joe when they fail to apprehend Tattoo Jack and his mob. Patmore Street in Battersea with the Power Station in the distance.

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Very faintly is one of the chimneys of Battersea Power Station just to the right of the high rise. SJ

A bus approaches the stop where Rhona is waiting and the gang prepare to follow her after Norman discovers a clue. Facing southward on Shoe Lane in EC4.

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Peter provides this shot of Shoe Lane, looking south from the junction with Little New Street.

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Allowing everyone to get on first, Rhona Davis (Valerie White) watches the full bus depart with the gang on board. Looking eastward on Shoe Lane.

Clarry and the boys pick themselves up after jumping from the moving bus. Gunnersbury Lane in W3 with Acton Town Underground station standing in the centre background.

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From a similar viewpoint at the same location which was identified by Roland-François Lack.

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The trail is picked up when Joe appears at a corner and spots Rhona. The Crown public house stands in the background, but which one?

After turning and seeing that the kids are following, Rhona heads through a building site . . . Ray Simmons told us of a Facebook discussion which came to the conclusion that this was Old Bethnal Green Road. PW enlarges on Ray's identification . . . to the left stands The Duke of Cambridge public house at the junction of Felix Street, Centre Street and Cambridge Circus in Cambridge Heath E2 with Priam House under construction behind.

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Surprisingly, the former pub to the left that looked boarded up and ready for demolition all those years ago has survived, albeit in residential use with extensions. (PW)

Joe and the others continue their pursuit. Using Ray Simmons' information PW found that this is looking north along the line of the former Felix Street from Old Bethnal Green Road with Priam House to the right. The chimney in the left distance belongs to the defunct Chandler & Co’s Wiltshire Brewery on Hackney Road.

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Hiding behind the foliage, the completed Priam House still stands. (PW)

Rhona turns a corner onto a busy street. Looking towards Aldwych on Kingsway from the corner of Remnant Street WC2.

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Peter took a longer shot of the same corner.

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Still aware that she's being followed, Rhona heads down the street.

The gang stops and shoe laces are tied in an effort to appear inconspicuous. Kingsway with the entrance to the former Tram Tunnel and the Liverpool Victoria building in background. Identification by Ray Simmons.

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The same location now by Ray Simmons.

Joe, Clarry, Dicky (Gerald Fox), Alec and Norman all slow down as Rhona heads for a doorway. Outside 56 Kingsway near Remnant Street advises Ray Simmons.

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The same place taken by Ray Simmons.

In an effort to shake off her followers Rhona enters a building. Nick Cooper tells us that this is Beacon House at the corner of Kingsway and Parker Street.

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And Nick Cooper captured the same building.

When she steps back into the street, Rhona hails a cab. Nick Cooper identifies this as the junction of Kingsway with High Holborn looking towards Aldwych. The sign in the centre of the road with the London Transport symbol marks one of the two stairways down to the Holborn Tram Stop in the subway under Kingsway.

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Nick provides this comparison adding "A traffic light now stands on the island where the stairwell to the tram stop was."

Outside The Laughing Cow Milk Bar and Britannic Assurance, Joe also hails a taxi.

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The Laughing Cow Milk Bar at 48 Kingsway is presently Guido's Italian restaurant while Britannic Assurance at number 46 is a currently print shop. Information from Nick Cooper.

Joe gives up when none of the cabbies will stop for children. The Lyons & Co. tea shop stands at the corner of Kingsway and High Holborn Station located by Ray.

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Looking north along Kingsway from outside Holborn Station from Ray Simmons.

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When Alec reveals that he overheard Rhona state her destination to the taxi driver, the gang head for the address where they find valuable clues.

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After tying Rhona up and telephoning Nightingale to tell him to contact Superintendent Ford, Joe and his pals return to the house to find it empty and Dicky missing.

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Dicky clings onto the side of Ford's car as it speeds from the house. In a "joint venture" with Jules Ballantyne we found St Mary's Road, Ealing, London W5 with Webster Gardens off to the right............ (RL)

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Rhona is driven to safety by Ford, who is revealed to be Tattooed Jack. they turn and drive down Disraeli Road, Ealing, London W5 (RL)

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Thinking that Dicky has been captured, the rest of the gang make their weary way home. Thomas More Street in London E1. This walled road was formerly called Nightingale Lane and was seen in 'Seven Green Bottles' and 'It Always Rains on Sunday'..

The kids near home . . . where they find Dicky waiting. Looking down from King William Street onto Lower Thames Street in EC3 with the Steam Packet Tavern public house on the corner of Fish Street Hill to the left. The location was recognised by Peter . . . . .

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. . . . . who also provides this comparison shot.

Using Dicky's information and getting Felix Wilkinson to write a suitable story for the next Trump, a Boy waits to give the signal after Joe and the gang set up a scheme to capture Nightingale and his villains. Looking across to Cannon Street railway bridge and Southwark Cathedral from Southwark Bridge at Queen Street Place EC4.

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Peter provides this backlit shot highlighting the cathederal.

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Groups of boys hide around the film's Ballard's Wharf as Operation Seagull begins. This was a bombsite lying between Queen Street Place, Upper Thames Street and Cousin Lane.

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Receiving a phone call, messenger boys set off from the telegraph office and head to the wharf.

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At Robb's ice cream factory young vendors climb onto their tricycles. This looks very much like the buildings of Ealing Studios in W5.

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With bells ringing, the ice cream sellers tear through the streets. To the right stands The Queen Victoria public house at the corner of High Street and The Grove in Ealing. The pub is currently known as The Grove.

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The shot pans with the tricycles to bring Christ the Saviour Parish Church into view. This is Ealing in London W5.

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Boys descend onto the bombsite to apprehend Nightingale's bunch of thieves as they unload their trucks. Facing the junction of Queen Street Place and Upper Thames Street.

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More lads appear from the surrounding buildings. Behind the ruins warehouses stands the train shed of Cannon Street station.

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Another signal brings another wave of attackers. In the background, Vintry House towers over Queen Street Place.

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After a radio broadcast is made calling for all adventurous boys to head to Ballard's Wharf, a Newspaper Boy dumps his newspapers before running to assist. Is this the Oxford Street HMV store? At the top of the image can be made out 'His Master . . . '.

Youngster's shoes clatter down an alleyway. This looks suspiciously like Cardinal Cap Alley off Bankside SE1.

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This is Cardinal Cap Alley, which appears in 'The London Nobody Knows', but Peter found the old thoroughfare securely gated.

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Heading for the mêlée, boys run through a market. The East Side of Shepherds Bush Market in W12 with properties on Uxbridge Road and Shepherd's Bush (H&C) Underground station in the left background. The location was seen in 'Goodbye Gemini' and 'Calculated Risk'.

Out from windows and sprinting between tenement blocks, young boxers and sporting types appear.

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Jules Ballantyne has tracked the location down to Sage Street, London E1. Unfortunately, railings at the end of the road and allocated allotment plots make an accurate shot rather difficult, nay impossible. (RL)

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Joe holds onto a thug's head as other boys try to bring him down. In the background stands St. Michael Paternoster Royal church on College Hill. The church is glimpsed in 'The Ipcress File'.

As the robbers are overpowered at the wharf, boys pour along the bank of the river. These could be any of a number of travelling cranes that once adorned the southern bank of the Thames.

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Bankside, London SE1 with the Millennium Bridge and Blackfriars Railway Bridge next along. By coincidence, the Millennium Bridge is where the overhead conveyor was. (RL)

Shouting is heard as even more boys run through the quieter parts of town.

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Christopher Matheson has finally resolved this long outstanding location for us, the churchyard at the back of St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London WC2 (RL)

A taxi brings further reinforcements.

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The taxi was on a site between Colonial Wharves and Black Eagle Wharf, Wapping High Street, London E1, as seen in 'Four in the Morning' Capture 32, looking across to Chambers Wharves. The north bank has been totally developed into riverside apartments and Chambers Wharves have been demolished and the area is currently a main tunnel drive site for the Thames Tideway Scheme.

Another hoard of youths run along the banks of the Thames. This is Bankside SE1, just below Southwark Bridge, with the bridge carrying the Southern Railway route into Cannon Street in the background.

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A similar view by Peter.

While Rob and Clarry attack Short, a wave of lads pours down to The Mall SW1. The base of the Duke of York Memorial stands in the background. The location was also seen in 'The Internecine Project', '101 Dalmatians', 'The Sandwich Man' and 'The Passionate Friends'... Schoolboy recruits from Bromley Grammar et al were used for these scenes, Pat Bryan tells us.

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Peter points out that New Zealand House now stands in the right background

More boys converge on the derelict site.

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To the right stands Southwark Bridge now. Picture by Ray Simmons.

As he tries to escape, Joe follows Nightingale into a bombed out building.

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Another view of Southwark Bridge now from Ray Simmons.

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Nightingale is heard on the floor above. Vintry House and Thames House on Queen Street Place form the backdrop.

Joe picks his way carefully as Nightingale's laugh echoes through the ruins. Jeff Haythorpe tells us that in the background is Cannon Street railway bridge and just to the right of Southwark Cathedral's tower is an old Bell tower that was once part of Guys hospital. Jeff adds "I lived a few hundred yards from the tower, although it was demolished ten or so years ago."

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Peter took this shot from the riverside.

Spotting a chance, Joe goes after Nightingale, eventually overpowering the crook. Richard Hills advises that the bombed building where "The Battle of Ballard's Wharf" took place was Cameron Wharf on the north end of Southwark Bridge. Richard used to play in the ruined building and saw the film being made.

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A rather changed horizon greeted Peter when he arrived to take this comparison.