Law and Disorder (1958)

Date: 1958
Director: David MacDonald
Production Company: British Consolidated

Stars: Michael Redgrave, Robert Morley, Joan Hickson, Lionel Jeffries, Reginald Beckwith, George Coulouris, John Le Mesurier, Irene Handl, Sam Kidd
Location(s): Berkshire, London, Pembrokeshire (Wales),

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Storyline:

A crook hides his spells in prison by pretending to be a man of the cloth on various missions until his barrister son secures a place as marshal to a judge.

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In 1938, Percy Brand is released from prison after one of his sentences handed down by Judge Sir Edward Crichton. The main entrance of Wandsworth Prison on Heathfield Road, London SW18. Also seen in 'There Was a Crooked Man', 'Get Santa', 'Time Without Pity', 'The Criminal', 'The Scarlet Web' and 'Calculated Risk'.

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Confidence trickster Percival Henry Brand (Michael Redgrave) heads to 'Bennie' Bensuson's antique shop.

Now dressed as a man of the cloth and kitted out as if he's returned from China, Percy arrives at the home of his sister Florence and his son Colin. With thanks to "sandgrounder" of Britmovie Forum who resolves another. Limerston Street, London SW10 with the junction into Gertrude Street going off left.

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The strip of "land" to the right in the screen capture is now clearly within the curtilage of the houses. (RL)

Percy speaks with Mrs. Cartwright (Nora Nicholson) who enquires about his missionary work. The terrace is in Limerston Street in Chelsea with thanks to "sandgrounder" of Britmovie Forum. (RL)

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The only person on a mission today was me. (RL)

When Mrs. Cartwright's dog upsets her shopping trolley, Percy hurries inside. Limerston Street, London SW10 as identified by "sandgrounder" of Britmovie Forum. (RL)

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Not quite the correct angle but the only meaningful shot I could obtain given the parked cars. (RL)

In 1946, Florence (Joan Hickson) collects Percy by cab after he's released from another spell behind bars. Looking along Heathfield Avenue towards Wandsworth Prison.

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Looking west. SJ

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The taxi takes Percy to the docks where Colin is expecting to meet his father off a liner from the far east.

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Colin Brand (Jeremy Burnham) waits on the quayside as Percy sneaks on board the moored liner.

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Catching sight of his father, Colin calls to Percy who's now dressed as a Lieutenant Colonel returning from a prisoner of war camp.

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Following studies to become a barrister, Colin is admitted to the outer bar. The quad at the Royal Masonic School for Boys on The Avenue in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

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The proud father, released again after a further seven years inside, congratulates his son. The Royal Masonic School for Boys closed in 1977 and the site has been given over to residential use, becoming Royal Connaught Park.

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Colin tells his father that he's to be a marshal for Judge Sir Edward Crichton. The Royal Masonic School for Boys in Bushey was also seen in 'It's Great to be Young' and 'Lucky Jim'.

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Percy makes his escape just before Colin is about to introduce the Judge. The Royal Masonic School for Boys.

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Departure time approaches as Colin waits for Judge Crichton at the station. Windsor & Eton Central station in Windsor, Berkshire.

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Judge Sir Edward Crichton (Robert Morley) walks onto the platform with seconds to spare. Windsor & Eton Central station off Thames Street, Windsor.

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Having retired from a life of crime, Percy moves to the seaside. This is Parrog near Newport in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

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Percy attempts to get used to a quieter life. Overlooking Newport Sands at the mouth of the River Nevern in Parrog.

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Local poacher Willie Pugh (Alfred Burke) passes by carrying a salmon. More of the small village of Parrog.

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Sergeant Bolton (Meredith Edwards) approaches.

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Having seen the two talking, the Officer questions Percy about Willie.

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As Percy begins to smuggle brandy inside a rubber shark with pub landlord Freddie Cooper and Colonel Masters, Colin and Judge Crichton sit at the Cheston assizes.

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The next town on the Judge's circuit is at Banbridge.

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Masquerading as Major Proudfoot, crook George Philpot (Lionel Jeffries) watches former cellmate Percy as he follows another spirit filled shark from the shore. Parrog in Pembrokeshire.

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On the beach, Philpot outlines a fraud involving non-existent emeralds and Percy agrees to join in.

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A fanfare is played as the Judge arrives at Duncaster assizes.

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The rest of Philpot's gang arrive at the coast.

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As the plan is put into action, Percy is driven to Creekford Harbour disguised as a Customs Official from London. Approaching Fishguard Harbour on Quay Road in Goodwick, Pembrokeshire.

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Leaving Ivan (Michael Trubshawe) dressed as a policeman standing by the car, Percy goes inside the Customs Hall.

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The buyer for the non-existent jewels arrives outside the Customs Hall. Fishguard Harbour.

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Outside the Customs Hall to the north of Fishguard Harbour station.

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When Judge Crichton arrives at the harbour to meet his Wife from the Continent, Percy makes his escape and the gang speed away. Fishguard Harbour in Goodwick, Pembrokeshire.

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Walking casually along the quayside, Percy is spotted by a genuine official. Fishguard Harbour quayside and station.

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Policemen join in the chase as Percy tricks them into believing that he is also part of the pursuit. The steps descending to the subway from the platforms at Fishguard Harbour station.

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The chase continues along walkways beneath the quayside.

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Percy manages to get away in a speedboat. To the left runs the North Breakwater at Fishguard Harbour, Pembrokeshire.

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The Police Inspector (Allan Cuthbertson) from Creekford arrives as Sergeant Bolton holds onto Percy after he comes ashore.

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Continuing on the circuit, Judge Crichton marches to court followed by Colin.

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A police car conveys Percy to the cells, ready for the forthcoming hearing.

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Horrified at his bad luck, Percy peers at the Judge through the back window of the car.

Colonel Masters (Ronald Squire) joins in a scheme to incriminate Judge Crichton that will prevent him hearing Percy's case. Geoff Dodd identifies this as Kendal Hall, now Radlett Prep School, Watling Street, Radlett. Also seen in The Avengers, 'From Venus With Love' and 'Cast a Dark Shadow'. (RL)

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True to his word, Geoff follows the ident with a "now" shot. (RL)

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When the Judge and Colin find themselves on Vickery's (Reginald Beckwith) land, a gun is held to Sir Edward. Littleton Park House at Shepperton Studios in Surrey. The much seen building was used in 'The Night We Got the Bird', 'The Belles of St. Trinian's', 'The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery' and 'The Earth Dies Screaming'.

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Following his arrest, a van is sent to collect Judge Crichton from the police station.

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Sir Edward is led to the van in which Percy is being taken to the assizes.

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The Judge recognises Percy Brand as the van pulls away.

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After Colin explains what has happened to the Judge, the Police Superintendent is driven to Michington assizes.

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The Police Superintendent (John Warwick) arrives ahead of the maria carrying Sir Edward and Percy.

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The Mayor and other dignitaries are told of the Judge's imminent arrival.

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With Percy and Sir Edward getting along fine in the back, the police van pulls onto the courthouse driveway.

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Outriders escort the black maria.

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To a fanfare, Judge Crichton marches into the building after telling his marshal to make arrangements for departure on the midday train.

Colin waits for Judge Sir Edward Crichton at the station. Back to Windsor & Eton Central station. An almost identical shot was seen in 'Lease of Life'.

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The railway part of the station now consists of just one platform with much of the site being given over to car parking. (PW)

Percy accompanies the Judge after being acquitted due to coming to know Sir Edward socially. Windsor & Eton Central station also featured in 'Carry On Loving', 'A Run for Your Money' and 'Two-Way Stretch' amongst others.

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Another shot of the car park. (PW)

The train departs, leaving Percy on the platform. A final shot of Windsor & Eton Central station, Windsor in Berkshire.

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The Castle is better seen in this comparison. (PW)

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