I Live in Grosvenor Square

Date: 1945
Director: Herbert Wilcox
Production Company: Associated British Pictures

Stars: Anna Neagle, Rex Harrison, Dean Jagger, Robert Morley
Location(s): Devon, London

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Americans in WWII London. Story of an American (Jagger) falling for English upper class lass (Neagle) who already loves equally upper class officer, Brit (Harrison) The romance is centered in and around Grosvenor Square house aka Eisenhower’s home where the GIs stayed in London. Much emphasis on the “special relationship” begun during the war – a sort of post-war rekindling of Anglo-American relations and as a source of gratitude to the Americans by the British for saving the free world. Stills and commentary, Roy Barnacle, with help from IMDb, whose grammatical mistakes Roy corrected!

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Also known as ‘A Yank In London’ (US Title)

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Perhaps North Audley Street, leading to Oxford Street, from Grosvenor Square, W1. A large PX store was in this street in the 50's and 60's, where imported goods, not seen in British shops, were available to US forces. Actors or passing servicemen?

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Green Street to the left. Looking up North Audley Street. SJ

Probably NW corner of Grosvenor Square and North Audley Street, W1. Roy tells us that there are actors in the truck.........oh, really!?!

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Definitely. Further south of the previous shot. SJ

London Street, Holborn? City? And, says Roy, more actors are lurking in the taxi. .....And the band played "Believe it if you like". Molly identifies this as Chancery Lane, I will put up a Google shot to support at the end of the week. (RL)

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Even better than a Google shot, Ian Hedgcock provides a real photo, noting that he was pipped at the post by Molly. Chancery Lane looking south at what is now the Maughan Library of King's College, London. (SJ)

Monument Street, City of London, EC. And without actors all we are doing is a documentary. And, yes, we know that actors are lurking in the taxi, but we can't see them. But, as Roy is such a good contributor, we'll let him get away with this. One time only!

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Peter was on a amble in the City of London and it was a joy to see most of The Monument finished after renovation, so here's a shot of the same location now.

St James' Street, London W1, with the palace in the distance. Actors, yes, you guessed it. In the taxi!

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Peter took this now image but thinks he may have been a bit too far up Saint James' Street for the shot.

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Railway station, in the country, lots of trees in the background, with actors, well done Roy. Glyn Horton believes this to be Ivybridge in Devon on the main line between Totnes and Plymouth. Not the current station, but the original station that closed in the 1960's and was just west of a viaduct (perhaps visible in the capture). (RL)

Red Cross, Rainbow Corner, and a Google click reveals....

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....easy really, 23 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1 copyright http://www.303rdbg.com/pp-rainbowcorner.html

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A village. Home counties? Real or a set? ... Ross Beacon advises Stoke Gabriel.

Large house, or a church and a manse.

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Dartington Hall, Dartington, Devon, TQ9 6EL. Looking southwest. Discovered by Greg Mishevski. Copyright: http://www.flickr.com/photos/singvoegel/375656723/

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Side of large house. George Collings advises that this is also Dartington Hall, the camera having been swung 90 degrees right Capture 9. Having worked there for some months he should know. (RL)

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Village again. George Collings advises that the policeman is wearing a Devon Constabulary helmet. (RL)

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Churchyard, looks fake to me

Looks like Canterbury, lifted out of a Canterbury Tale. Says Wellington on the shop front.

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Wellington & Co, 15 High Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5NN. This scene was filmed at High Street, looking west/northwest. Discovered by Greg Mishevski. Copyright: Google Maps Street View. George Collings advised March 2018 that Wellington Jewellers were still there. (RL)

An arch somewhere.

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East Gate, Totnes, Devon. This scene was filmed at High Street, looking east towards Fore Street. The house on the left is now Riad, 1 High Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5NN. Discovered by Greg Mishevski. Copyright: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mellowfellow/225083228/ East Gate 1928, Totnes: http://www.francisfrith.com/totnes/photos/east-gate-1928_80994/

A church tower?

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Church of St. Mary, Guildhall Yard, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5RZ. This scene was filmed at High Street, looking north/northwest. Discovered by Greg Mishevski. Copyright: Google Maps Street View.

Another church tower. Is there an ecclesiastic RS sleuth out there?

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Church of St. Gabriel and St. Mary, 4 Church Walk, Stoke Gabriel, Devon, TQ9 6SD. Looking east. Discovered by Greg Mishevski. Copyright: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/30958 The Church 1918, Stoke Gabriel: http://www.francisfrith.com/stoke-gabriel/photos/the-church-1918_68536/ In March 2018 George Collings said that he saw the filming, when he was a little younger than he is now. The film crew had shut the churchyard gates but the groundsman said "you have no right to keep parishioners out" and reopened them. (RL)