Impulse

Date: 1954
Director: Cy Enfield
Production Company: Tempean Films

Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Constance Smith, Joy Shelton, Jack Allen, James, Carney, Cyril Chamberlain, Cameron Hall, Jean St. Clair, Bruce Beeby
Location(s): Chertsey, Walton-on-Thames, London

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Storyline:

An American realtor living in England is dissatisfied with what he believes to be his humdrum life. One weekend while his wife is out of town, he gives a ride to a woman he sees stranded on the road. One thing leads to another, and he soon finds himself enmeshed in a plot involving a diamond robbery, gangsters and murder.

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Lila (Constance Smith) arrives at a church.

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She enters the churchyard.

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To deposit a suitcase.

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And selects a spot.

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Having left the church she drives through the village of “Ashmore”.

To arrive at an hotel. Windsor Street, Chertsey

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The corner property has been redeveloped but otherwise much the same albeit smarter.

As she leaves the hotel having booked a room for a “Mr Johnson” she crosses the path of Alan Curtis (Arthur Kennedy). Windsor Street, Chertsey, Surrey.

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It was easier to park in Sainsbury's.

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…….who turns back to look, just before he enters his estate agency office……. I believe this is a cut to elsewhere.

…….. and she drives away. Windsor Street, Chertsey.

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Another shop closed.

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Elizabeth Curtis (Joy Shelton) calls at the office and she and Alan drive home.

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As Elizabeth arrives at the gate their neighbour Miss Birchington (Jean St. Clair) waves “Hello”.

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Elizabeth is about to spend a few days at her mothers so Alan takes her to the station. Glyn Horton has identified this as Taplow Station, the signal box viewed from the other direction can be see in 'Tiger by the Tail'.

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The train enters the platform as they leave the car. Taplow Station says Glyn, also seen in 'Highly Dangerous', 'No Trace', 'Shadow of Fear' and 'Tiger by the Tail'.

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They kiss “goodbye” at Taplow Station says Glyn, also seen in 'Highly Dangerous', 'No Trace', 'Shadow of Fear' and 'Tiger by the Tail'.

“Mr Johnson”, Harry Winters (Bruce Beeby) with the suitcase, pauses outside of the hotel. Windsor Street, Chertsey.

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Without the parking I would have stood further back.

On his way home that evening Alan becomes involved with Lila. The following day he returns to her flat. Swan Walk looking towards Dilke Street, London SW3

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An extension to the pink house and a greener garden.

Alan parks and approaches the apartment block. Swan Walk, London SW3

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Thankfully the scaffolding did not get this far.

Lila borrows Alan’s car to go and meet Harry Winters, but movements are being watched. Swan Walk/Dilke Street, London SW3

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But is spoilt this shot.

She stands on the banks of the Thames to meet up with Harry. Lower Mall, Hammersmith, towards Hammersmith Bridge.

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The growth of riverside apartments.

Harry watches her from a distance, aware that the police are not far away. Lower Mall, towards Hammersmith Bridge.

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Thankfully the nearby Latymer School fire drill ended, eventually.

The police stand nonchalantly by. Lower Mall, Hammersmith.

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A moment to myself.

An additional capture of Lila looking into the River for historic record of the background. Lower Mall, Hammersmith and Furnival Gardens.

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And as now.

Harry makes a run for it Lower Mall, Hammersmith, London W6

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Significant changes to the right and, oh yes, 'The Dove' was heaving when I looked in.

As they didn’t meet up, Alan and Lila go to visit a mutual friend who runs a café in Bayswater. They clearly go via Marble Arch.

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One soon realises just how many buses operate in London.

But pulls up in Church Street, Walton on Thames.

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The 'Regent' garage' is now a pub of the same name. Church Street, Walton on Thames.

Crossing the road to Ron’s Café to meet Joe (Cameron Hall). Church Street, Walton on Thames.

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Shortly after telling Joe that he was friend of Lila and wanted to help Harry, Joe leaves.. Church Street, Walton on Thames.

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The Working Men's Club still survives but not Ron's.

..…and Alan follows him. Circa 110 Fulham Palace Road, London W6

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Perhaps it is now "the wrong end of the road" for business.

Joe hurries between the rear of 113 to 127 Fulham Palace Road looking across Beryl Road, London W6

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No longer can you traverse the length.

To the rear of some housing. Queen Caroline Street, London W6 and the Queen Caroline Estate in the background. The larger location is seen in number of films of this time, Riverside Studios were just down the road.

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Post War redevelopment.

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Alan watches as Joe enters an house. 'Joanna House' is now on this site.

Having found Harry and disassociated himself from Lila he drives away. Swan Walk, London SW3

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The Chelsea Physic Garden to the left looking towards Royal Hospital Road.

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Passing an unknown location. Matt Pascal has located this as a much changed Walton Lane, Shepperton with only the telecoms mast and the crooked tree remaining. (RL)

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True to his promise, Matt provides a "now" revealing the substantial changes to this once much quieter junction. (RL)

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A telegram at his office asks him to collect his wife from the station….he is late! Identified as Taplow Station by Glyn Horton, also seen in 'Highly Dangerous', 'No Trace', 'Shadow of Fear' and 'Tiger by the Tail'.

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Following a telephone call from Lila he has to go to London to meet her. He clearly did not notice the only other car in the road drive off behind him.

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After a struggle and a shooting, Alan overcomes the men who are after the diamonds and he and Lila escape together.

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….eventually on foot.

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The neighbours telephone the police who are soon to arrive.

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The police tour the streets looking for Alan and Lila.

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They catch a train to return to ‘Ashmore’. Stock shot.

The following morning Joe buys a newspaper and sees that Jack Forrester (James Carney) owner of the nightclub where Lila sings has been arrested and that Lila and Alan are wanted by the police. Turnham Green Terrace, London W5

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I am sure somewhere else newspapers around there now.

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Alan and Lila make their way to escape by boat. River Thames but which section?

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He meets up with sailor Nicos (Michael Balfour) to arrange the ship. London Docks looking East. Now totally redeveloped into an housing estate.

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Alan tells Lila that he is not going with her. Warehouse on the North side of London Docks

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Nicos takes Lila’s arm as they part company. London Docks. No 1 stack, North Quay West End in the background.

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Alan gives himself up to the police and his partner Freddie James (Jack Allen) takes him home to face the music with his wife Elizabeth (Joy Shelton).

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