Smart Alec

Date: 1951
Director: John Guillermin
Production Company: Vandyke Pictures

Stars: Peter Reynolds, Leslie Dwyer, Edward Lexy, Kynaston Reeves, Charles Hawtrey.
Location(s): London



Young Alec Albion (Peter Reynolds) plans successfully to kill his rich uncle with an unusual method that will leave no evidence. The plan is pure and simple, as is his alibi, but the murder does not go to plan.

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Screen captures and uncredited now shots uploaded by Richard Lovejoy

James, the Concierge at Stockleigh Hall (Capture 9) advised that during the War, Canadian, Australian and American troops were billeted there and that they had to go over the road to the London Zoo to eat.

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The film opens with an organ grinder and his monkey preparing to move on. Marble Arch, London looking towards Great Cumberland Place.

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Significant changes have occurred over the years to accommodate the increased traffic.

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He arrives at ‘Stockleigh Hall’ to start playing. 51 Prince Albert Road, London NW8 Also seen in ‘Four Days’

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More residents have cars these days. With thanks to James for his cooperation and interest in allowing me to take this and other shots at 'Stockleigh Hall'.

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Following a pan of the building we see Alec (Peter Reynolds) looking up to an apartment

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As with many apartment blocks an additional floor has been added.

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To see a man, Edward Hale (Frederick Morant), coming onto his balcony.

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This was the balcony behind Alec!

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Gossage (Leslie Dwyer), the Porter, asks if he can help Alec.

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Nice Art Deco features.

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Alec runs towards a delivery lorry to collect a package.

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And I had to wait for a delivery van to leave.

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Uncle Eddie is found shot and he is taken away

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Fortunately no such activity whilst I was there.

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inspector Ashley (Edward Lexy) and Farr (Charles Hawtrey) discuss the case and the fact that it is Farr’s first murder case.

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If only there had been a vehicle of the same period parked.

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Alec is charged with the murder of his uncle and appears at the Old Bailey.

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The 'Scales of Justice' tipped in my favour amongst all the construction work going on around me.

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The Central Criminal Court entrance.

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Another entrance must have been in use.

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The Jury is out! Meanwhile witness for Reelstreets, Ray Glenister, provides the location. Marble Arch looking up Edgware Road.

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Dave W provides the "now" shot for us revealing that at least some of the original remains to be appreciated. (RL)

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After is acquittal he sees his wife Judith (Mercy Haystead) into a taxi so that she can have a short break

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Only now did I realise that some of the old had been demolished to build the extension.

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As he does so his girlfriend Sylvia (Annette Simmonds) sees the scene unfold.

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Without an observer.

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Instead she diverts the taxi to take her back to ‘Stockleigh Hall’.

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It is only right to thank James once again.

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When it was found that he had actually killed Uncle Eddie’s twin brother, Alec makes his escape. Hyde Park Crescent, London

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Even from ground level it is clear how much road has been reclaimed.

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A taxi drives off as he tries to hail it.

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A taxi draws up on cue.

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He avoids a funeral cortege.

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Re-development to the background.

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But is eventually arrested for the murder of his Uncle Charles.

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Doesn't it make you nostalgic for 'the good old days'?