Rainbow Jacket, The

Date: 1954
Director: Basil Dearden
Production Company: Ealing Studios

Stars: Robert Morley, Sam Kidd, Bill Owen, Edward Underdown, Honor Blackman, Sid James
Location(s): Middlesex, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Surrey

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

A former champion jockey is banned from racing so live his dreams through helping a young lad to become the next champion.

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At Lingfield Park races, disgraced jockey Sam Lilly attempts to gain entrance to the course.

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When denied access, Sam breaks through a fence onto the course where he meets Georgie Crain, an aspiring young jockey. Lingfield Park, Racecourse Road, Dormansland, Lingfield in Surrey.

After the race meeting ends, Georgie Crain (Fella Edmonds) and Sam Lilly (Bill Owen) discuss the jockeys on the walk home. The junction of Brook Road South and Braemar Road in Brentford, Middlesex.

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The Griffin remains a thriving pub. (RL)

The ex-jockey carries on talking before noticing that his new found friend is no longer by his side. Looking into Braemar Road from Brook Road South.

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The corner shop seems to have long gone. (RL)

Sam turns to see Georgie hiding. The Griffin public house stands at the corner of Brook Road South and Braemar Road in Brentford, Middlesex. The Griffin also features in '84 Charring Cross Road'.

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The post box also seem to have long gone . . . if it wasn't a prop. (RL)

In the background, Georgie's Headmaster, Mr Wint, advises his Mother, Barbara Crain (Kay Walsh), that he wasn't at school. Brook Road South.

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Many more occupants own a car now. (RL)

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Georgie starts training after Sam convinces his Mother that the young lad could become a top jockey in the future. Unidentified location.

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Sam calls to Georgie to sit up straight in the saddle. This is a back projection featuring, in a later frame, a London Trolleybus passing and is identified as the corner of Uxbridge Road and Craven Close in Hayes, Middlesex by Antony Blair.

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Antony also provides this proof. Image copyright Google.

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Georgie proves that he's more than capable on horseback.

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At Sandown Park, Sam tries to convince Mr Ross to take Georgie on as an apprentice.

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After failing to persuade Mr Ross, Sam finds Georgie at Harry's mobile snack bar.

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Sam approaches trainer Geoffrey Tyler (Edward Underdown) as he arrives with his wife, Monica (Honor Blackman).

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Lord Logan (Robert Morley) arrives to speak with his trainer and Sam walks despondently back to Georgie.

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After a race in which his horse wins, Lord Logan and Tyler watch as the jockey falls and the horse runs away.

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Tyler sees Georgie ride the loose horse in.

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Geordie is led into the paddock, still mounted on Lord Logan's horse.

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Tyler gives out the address to where he should report after Lord Logan tips Geordie and enlists him into his stable.

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Sam and Barbara see Georgie off as he embarks on his new career. This should be London's Liverpool Street station, before years of regeneration and rebuilding changed the scenery, as that is where trains to Newmarket departed from at the time of filming.

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Georgie arrives in Newmarket. The station stands at the end of Station Approach, Newmarket, Suffolk. Although still standing, the station building is no longer in use having been replaced with a short length of platform and 'bus' shelters further along the now single line.

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The young lad leaves the station, in awe that he is in Newmarket. Newmarket station, Suffolk. What's left of the building is now in use as offices.

In town, a jockey's outfitter is gazed into. Likely to be on Newmarket's High Street, but a search of the current street doesn't show this fine building.

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Peter has come up with the answer...........yes, it has been re-developed! 112-114 High Street. A fascinating and detailed account of Boyce & Rogers can be seen at http://www.newmarketshops.info/No.112-114_High_Street.html from where I have obtained an "off angle" NOW shot, with thanks and acknowledgement. (RL)

Georgie crosses the street. High Street in Newmarket, Suffolk.

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Paul Horner sends us his shot of the High Street now, commenting that the baroque building in the film was the Carlton Hotel, demolished in the early 1970's. Replaced by "Boots the Chemists". He also notes that the building to its left has been rendered and that "Maypole" is now "USA Chicken & Burgers".......oh dear...ever changing times. (RL)

A Policeman discussing racing is asked for directions to the stables. High Street in Newmarket with the corner of Sun Lane just visible in the bottom right of the image.

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Paul Horner provides another view of the High Street showing that the chimney stacks on the building further along still remain. Sun Lane, in foreground, has now been pedestrianised advised Paul. (RL)

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The new apprentice arrives at Ormonde House, Mr Tyler's stables near Newmarket.

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Once inside, Georgie approaches Tommy Adams (Herbert C. Walton), looking for Mr Boss.

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Tyler and Mr Boss (Charles Victor) approach the newcomer. Esther Harper recognised Kremlin House Stables on Fordham Road, Newmarket in Suffolk.

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After intense training, a visit from Lord Logan secures Georgie's first race. The Links, Newmarket, Suffolk.

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Bookies erect their boards and prepare for the day's races.

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At the course, Georgie takes a look around the buildings and finds a room in which he sees his name, newly painted alongside boards displaying E. Mercer and L. Piggot.

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Tyler hands over Georgie's colours before leading him to the changing room.

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Sam arrives at the course after placing a bet on Georgie winning.

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Spectators gather for the first race of the day.

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The horses are paraded by their grooms in the paddock as Georgie puts on his colours.

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Following some last minute instructions from Tyler, Georgie rides his horse to the start line and the race begins.

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A photo finish sees Georgie coming second against the favourite in his first race.

Back in London, Sam discusses the race with Barbara. The crossroads of Brook Lane North, Brook Road South, Hamilton Road and New Road in Brentford. Behind the Royal Oak public house stands Brentford FC's ground.

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The Royal Oak now seeks a new landlord and some of B.F.C. ground re-developed. (RL)

Bernie Rudd (Ronald Ward) and Wally approach Sam to remind him that he owes Todd Fenwick the money that he bet on the race. The sign says Brook Lane North and the location was seen in 'The Challenge'.

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60+ years has seen some changes. (RL)

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The Epsom Downs meeting brings Georgie's Mother to see him ride.

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Riding for Mr Ross, Georgie wins after an objection against the first past the post.

Sam walks through the streets on the morning after telling Georgie of his debt problems with Fenwick. But where are we?

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Clive found exactly where "we are", looking north from Church Road, Lingfield, Surrey to the Church of St Peter and St Paul. (RL)

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The signal is spotted letting Sam know that Georgie will help him out. Graham Boakes confirms that this is also the old town of Lingfield adding "I was born just down the road and the area is totally unchanged today."

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At the next Lingfield Park meeting, the crowd wait in anticipation as horses and riders come under starter's orders but whilst riding the favourite, Georgie 'throws' the race to get Sam out of trouble with Fenwick.

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After Georgie is exonerated, and tells the stewards about the good in Sam, he goes on to win his next race . . . and a few more.

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Punters place their bets as young Georgie Crain rides more winners. Unidentified location.

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A very drunk Sam leaves the pub after a fall out with Barbara. Unknown location.

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Full of joy, Sam runs through the streets to Barbara's house after receiving a temporary licence to ride following a five year ban. Brook Road South in Brentford with The Griffin public house in the right background.

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Barbara and Sam dance in the street as a Policeman, with a radio in the 1950's!, stands watching. Brook Road South once again.

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At the stables, Geoffrey Tyler and Mr Boss wait as Georgie approaches before imparting the news that Sam has regained his licence to ride. Identified by Esther Harper as Kremlin House Stables on Fordham Road, Newmarket in Suffolk.

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Prior to his first race in years, Sam speaks with Lord Stoneleigh (Wilfrid Hyde-White) who needs a jockey for the St Leger. Unidentified location.

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St Leger day arrives with Sam and Georgie both riding in the same race. As the caption says, Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

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Excitement mounts amongst the crowds at the course.

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Bookies tout for business.

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Sam suggests to Barbara betting on both of them to win.

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They're off . . . . in a race prior to which Georgie has been bribed to lose by Bernie Rudd.

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The crowd watch as Sam and Georgie compete for the first time.

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The jockeys return to the paddock to the sound of booing when Georgie wins after the intervention of Sam towards the winning post.

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Following an enquiry and now suspended from racing for for life, Sam leaves the changing rooms.

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Sam walks towards Barbara with the knowledge that her son has a career ahead of him.

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Barbara and Sam make their way arm in arm from the course. Leger Way, Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

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