Please Turn Over

Date: 1959
Director: Gerald Thomas
Production Company: Beaconsfield Productions

Stars: Ted Ray, Jean Kent, Leslie Phillips, Julia Lockwood
Location(s): Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London

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The orderly suburban life of an English town is turned on its head when the teenage daughter of one of the residents writes a steamy bestseller featuring characters obviously based on the local population.

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Edward Halliday (Ted Ray) drops his daughter Jo (Julia Lockwood) off in town. The Highway on Station Road looking towards the junction with Gregories Road, Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire. Brief Encounter land.

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The same location now. (PW)

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Mr Halliday continues to work oblivious that his bored teenage daughter has been secretly writing a book. The Unilever building (formerly the Sara Lee Factory) at 225 Bath Road, Slough. It was also seen in 'UFO (ESP)' and they are very difficult about taking photographs, even calling the police on one occasion! Geoff Dodd. So who's got the pics?

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The head of the respectable suburban family approaches the car park. The Unilever building at 225 Bath Road in Slough, Berkshire. Identified by Geoff Dodd.

Later that morning, Gladys Worth (June Jago) approaches the surgery of Dr. Manners where she is the receptionist.

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Aylesbury End, Beaconsfield. (PW)

Janet Halliday (Jean Kent) arrives in town to take her driving lesson. Facing Penn Road from Baring Road in Beaconsfield. The Earl of Beaconsfield pub behind the bus has been replaced by a Waitrose.

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And the lovely canopied shops have given way the to side wall of a small office block, how quaint. (PW)

Mrs Halliday approaches Ian Howard and his car. Looking along Baring Road with Beaconsfield Town Hall in the background.

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The Town Hall now hides behind trees. (PW)

The driving lesson gets under way.

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Wilton Crescent as seen from Caledon Road, Beaconsfield. (PW)

Caledon Road at the junction with Wilton Crescent.

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Apart from road markings and tree growth, very little has changed in over 55 years! (PW)

Caledon Road looking back towards the location in image pltuov008.

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The same road now. (PW)

Wilton Road, Beaconsfield.

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Unspoilt by progress. (PW)

A Newspaper Boy (Paul Cole) delivers the local newspaper which reveals that Jo's book, Naked Revolt, is an instant bestseller. Amersham Road, Beaconsfield.

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The same lamp post marks the spot. (PW)

The town's residents queue to buy the book. Station Road facing the corner of Maxwell Road, Beaconsfield. The street was also seen in 'The Fast Lady' and 'Brief Encounter'.

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Still a branch of W H Smiths! (PW)

Gladys stops in her tracks as she approaches the surgery. Aylesbury End, Beaconsfield.

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The location is easily recognisable now. (PW)

A line of women forms outside the surgery after the Doctor has been portrayed in the book as a lustful seducer of patients. Aylesbury End.

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The extension is somewhat in keeping. (PW)

Janet is yet to find out that her daughter's scandalous novel is based on people she knows. The Highway, Station Road in Beaconsfield.

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Outside W H Smiths on Station Parade. (PW)

Beryl the maid opens the door when playwright Robert Hughes (Tim Seely) calls with a proposal to turn Jo's book into a play. Amersham Road, Beaconsfield.

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A touch of redesign here. (PW)

Robert drives away to find Jo at work. The background building is actually next door to the Halliday's house as across the road there is only trees and grass. Amersham Road.

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Is it or isn't it the same building? Rebuilding is highlighted by the newer brickwork to the right. (PW)

In Jo's story, her father is Roger Gaunt, an embezzler who is having an affair with his secretary.

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The same property on Amersham Road, Beaconsfield. (PW)

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The novel continues with Uncle Willie (Lionel Jeffries) playing table tennis with Blanche as her parents and Aunt Una enjoy the afternoon.

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Blanche runs as the tale reveals her fathers affair. Those look familiar . . . . it's the bridge in the grounds of Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire. Also seen in 'Bugsy Malone' and 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'.

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Uncle Willy, an ageing lothario, arrives home driven by Blanche's mother Rita. Unknown location.

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The car is parked on the drive and the pair enter the house before Blanche finds them in each others arms.

Blanche runs to the surgery where receptionist Aunt Una is exposed as a drunk.

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Aylesbury End, Beaconsfield. (PW)

Deciding to leave town, Blanche walks to the station. The station approach road in Beaconsfield.

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In the distance stand buildings on Station Parade, Penn Road. (PW)

Beaconsfield railway station in Buckinghamshire.

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Only two tracks through the station now. (PW)

After being approached by Smith (Victor Maddern), Blanche accepts a lift to London.

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Looking onto Platform 1 at Beaconsfield station. (PW)

The two get into the car. The approach road outside the station in Beaconsfield.

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The trappings of a modern world now grace the location. (PW)

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Blanche is driven to London to become a prostitute as Jo's parents finish reading Naked Revolt. Although the A40 does run to London from Beaconsfield, this may not be the actual road.

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After watching his latest play in London, Robert drives Jo to the river. This appears to be Chelsea Embankment SW3.

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At the end of the film when everything is put right, Dr. Henry Manners (Leslie Phillips) and Gladys are shocked when Jo announces her thoughts for a new novel. This looks very much like the back of the property on Amersham Road, Beaconsfield.