Seven Keys

Date: 1961
Director: Pat Jackson
Production Company: Independent Artists

Stars: Alan Dobie, Jeannie Carson, Delphi Lawrence
Location(s): Buckinghamshire, London

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

A convict is bequeathed a set of seven keys by a fellow prisoner who embezzled £20,000 that was never recovered.

Additional Information:

Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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Top model Natalie Worth (Delphi Lawrence) says goodnight to James Jefferson (John Lee) as he takes another swig from his hip-flask.

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Group Captain Jefferson speeds away in his sports car, ignoring red traffic signals at quiet junctions.

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Luck runs out when a lorry drives across a junction in front of Jefferson with tragic results.

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Serving time for embezzlement, Jefferson's father passes away on the same night. Wormwood Scrubs on Du Cane Road in Shepherd's Bush W12.

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Inheriting a key-ring and a set of seven keys from William Jefferson, Frederick Russell (Alan Dobie) is released from prison three month after his death. Wormwood Scrubs has been seen many times before including in 'The Italian Job', 'Dr. Crippen', 'Black Orchid', 'Hot Millions', 'The Horses Mouth' and 'Three Steps to the Gallows'.

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Waiting for his former cellmate, Norman (John Carson) meets Russell at the prison gates. Du Cane Road outside Wormwood Scrubs.

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Watched by two Men in a Mini, Norman drives Russell away in his Humber Super Snipe. Looking west on Du Cane Road in Shepherd's Bush.

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The Mini pulls out to follow the ex-cons Facing east on Du Cane Road in London W12 with the railway embankment carrying the Central Line to the right.

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Norman brings Russell to rooms where he is given steak and Champagne for breakfast before being asked to sell Jefferson's keys.

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Parking the Mini a safe distance from the building, one of the Men (Terence Brook) watches the building from the driving seat.

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Leaning on the car, the other Man (Brian Peck) smokes a cigarette.

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Russell escapes from the building after refusing to make a deal with Norman.

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One of Norman's Henchman (Philip Locke) follows Russell as the Mini pulls alongside.

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A taxi arrives outside the offices of the Daily Mail newspaper. The corner of Tudor Street and Whitefriars Street in EC4.

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Russell pays the Cabby before going inside to research the possible whereabouts of the £20,000 that William Jefferson had stolen. Outside Northcliffe House with Tudor Street running into the distance.

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Jefferson's former secretary Shirley Steele (Jeannie Carson) leaves work.

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Russell gets into the passenger seat of Miss Steele's Wolseley and begins to ask questions about the keys. The car park at Beaconsfield Studios on Station Road, Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.

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The Mini follows as Shirley pulls out of the car park and drives away with Russell. Outside Beaconsfield Studios, looking south along Station Road in Beaconsfield.

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Explaining what five of the keys are for, Shirley takes Russell to Jefferson's former home.

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Russell leaves Shirley in the car and heads to the front door to ask if the new residents know anything about the keys.

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Arriving outside James Jefferson's still unsold mews flat, Russell enters and searches the property.

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Bit of a long shot this one. I think it's Pavilion Road, SW1, looking north, not easy to check from the armchair comfort of Google, but this seems to match fairly favourably, especially the redbricks, and is not at all far from captures 26 & 27. SJ

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Having found pictures of Jefferson and Natalie in the flat, Russell sets out to find the photographer. In the background stands the Royal Albert Hall on Kensington Gore, London SW7.

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Work in Progress and Trompe l'oeil as well as changes completed. (RL)

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Dressed in a stylish fur, model Dinah poses for Tony Stephenson. Various parts of the Royal Albert Hall and the surrounding streets feature in 'To Catch a Spy', 'Escort for Hire', 'Interlude', 'The Girl on the Boat', 'Connecting Rooms', 'The Mutations' and the 1978 version of 'The Thirty Nine Steps' amongst others.

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Beit Hall in the background has added a top floor. (RL)

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Tony Stephenson (Michael Johnson) takes one more shot before Russell begins to question him about Natalie Worth. Looking towards Prince Consort Road in SW7.

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The Royal College of Music has benefited from a 'wash and brush up'. (RL)

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Dinah smiles at Russell as he walks away. Albert Mansions stand to the right with the Royal Albert Hall visible on the left.

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Less ornate lamp stands these days. (RL)

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Given the address by Stephenson, Russell arrives outside the film's Southerndown Court in Chelsea. Looking north on Sloane Street, London SW1.

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More trees to negotiate on the pavement nowadays. SJ

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Watched by the Men in the Mini, Russell enters the building where he finds Natalie in her flat. Grosvenor Court on Sloane Street in Chelsea.

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The ornate lamps have changed but the railing's the same. SJ

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Now investigating William Jefferson's car, Russell walks up Mr. Barber's driveway.

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The camera follows, bringing more houses into view in the background.

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Posing as a police officer, Russell convinces Mr. Sidney Barber (Colin Gordon) to let him examine the car.

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Russell looks over the vehicle that he lies has been reported as being in a dangerous condition.

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After searching the boot while Mr. Barber goes into the house to fetch the log book, the car is given a clean bill of health.

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Asking who the car was bought from, Russell is offered a lift to the garage where it was purchased.

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Mr. Barber turns off the main road and brings his Isuzu Hillman Minx to a stand the forecourt of the garage.

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Russell makes enquiries about the car and discovers that it was involved in an accident whilst William Jefferson was out of the country.

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Followed by Norman and one of his Men, Russell returns to the Daily Mail's reading room to find more answers. Facing north on Whitefriars Street with Northcliffe House to the left.

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Norman and a his gang Member wait for Russell outside the newspaper offices before bundling him into a car when he leaves. Whitefriars Street in EC4.

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Russell is dropped off in Trafalgar Square after Norman takes the keys from him.

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Not easy to get the exact angle given all the changed traffic flows. (RL)

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Having pieced all of the clues together, Shirley takes Russell to a bank where he has blackmailed Natalie to meet him at 10.30.

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Revealed to be Police Officers, the two men who had been following Russell escort Natalie from the bank to help with their enquiries.

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Shirley drives Russell away as the music swells to end the film. RL believes this to be Thurloe Place, London SW7 looking towards the Cromwell Road with the V&A off screen to the right.

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