Stardust (1974)

Date: 1974
Director: Michael Apted
Production Company: Goodtimes Enterprises

Stars: David Essex, Adam Faith, Larry Hagman
Location(s): Andalucía, Spain. California, Florida and New York, USA. Greater Manchester, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, London, UK.

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Storyline:

The rise and fall of a rock singer in the mid-1960s.

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The film opens where 'That'll be the Day' left off as Jim Maclaine (David Essex) walks through a fairground to find Mike on the day that US President Kennedy was assassinated. The red neon reads 'Scenic Railway' and Tonyk reckons it may have been the long gone scenic railway and amusement park at Belle Vue in Manchester. IMDB does state that some internal filming took place in King's Hall, Belle Vue and Martin Butler also believes Belle Vue in West Gorton to be the location.

After Jim persuades Mike Menary (Adam Faith) to become his band's road manager, the pair go to find the rest of the boys sleeping in the back of a van.

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Bob Hoskins has provided the location, the abandoned Nine Elms railway Goods Yard. Earlier and later frames show the mainline railway between Vauxhall and Queenstown Road, Battersea and the now demolished Battersea blue MAN gasholder from which he identifies Ponton Road and sends this Google image of what he says is virtually the same spot. Needless to say, now re-developed! (RL)

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Mike barters with Ralph Woods (David Daker) to buy better transport for the band. Nine Elms railway Goods Yard, see star002n

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Ralph drives a hard bargain. Nine Elms railway Goods Yard, see star002n

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Jim and the band look on as the deal is struck. Nine Elms railway Goods Yard, see star002n

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In their 'new' van, the Stray Cats arrive at the Warehouse Club for their next performance. Unidentified location.

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Band members Johnny (Paul Nicholas), J.D. Clover (Keith Moon), Alex (Dave Edmunds) and Stevie (Karl Howman) retire to their digs with a girl picked up at the gig. Unknown location.

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Jim arrives late to meet with new investor Ronald Harrap (John Normington) at the film's Dayray House. Unidentified location.

When their first record is cut, the Stray Cats attend a small soirée. The Edgwarebury Hotel, Edgwarebury Lane off Barnet Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire.

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They are all standing on the old croquet lawn which has since been covered by a new wing of the hotel. SJ

Mike introduces reporter Sally Porter (Charlotte Cornwell) to Jim. The popular location is also seen in 'Sons of the Sea', 'Stranger to Venus', 'School for Scoundrels', 'The Liquidator', 'Mosquito Squadron', 'A Clockwork Orange', 'So Evil, So Young', 'The Spider's Web', The Devil Rides Out', 'My Lover My Son', 'Not Now Comrade', 'Night Must Fall', 'Confessions of a Driving Instructor', 'Hawks', 'Fierce Creatures', 'Hot Fuzz' and lots of television productions such as 'The Avengers' and 'The Professionals'. SJ

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The Edgwarebury Hotel, Elstree now. SJ

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After success hits, the Stray Cats are driven away in limousines in front of screaming fans. Martin Butler identifies this as outside King's Hall at Belle Vue in West Gorton, Manchester.

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A motorcycle escort for the band. More of King's Hall at Belle Vue Park in Manchester advises Martin Butler.

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On their 1966 tour of the States, the Stray Cats are driven between cities. Unknown location.

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As Jim MacLaine becomes more prominent than the band, the Stray Cats vacation in the West Indies. Actually, this is Marbella Club Hotel on Avenue Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe in Marbella, Málaga, Spain . . . spotted by Steven Youd.

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Porter Lee Austin (Larry Hagman) gets out of the pool. Marbella Club Hotel in Marbella located by Steven Youd.

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Austin takes over promoting the band. Steven Youd identifies this as Marbella Club Hotel on Avenue Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, Marbella in Spain.

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Jim returns to England to attend the funeral of his Mother amidst journalists, fans and police. Mandeville Road, Northolt, Middlesex.

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The coffin is brought out of the church. St Bernard's Church, Mandeville Road, Northolt.

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Fans flock forward. Outside St Bernard's Church on Mandeville Road, Northolt, Middlesex.

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Fans mob the cars as Jim appears from the church. St Bernard's Church, Mandeville Road, Northolt.

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The cortege arrives at the cemetery. Unidentified location.

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Mike and Austin discuss Jim's direction. Unknown location.

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Jim and his Girlfriend, Danielle (Ines Des Longchamps), drive through Los Angeles. Unidentified location.

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After Jim and the Stray Cats part company, he, Mike and Danielle discuss his appearance in New York. Unknown location.

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Mike returns to London with Jim to record a rock symphony. Looking out onto Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1.

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After recording Jim's latest work, he and Mike visit Spain. Castillo de La Calahorra, La Calahorra, Andalucia, Spain.

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Mike asks who owns the castle. Calle los Canos, La Calahorra, Spain.

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Jim watches as Mike finds out who to buy the castle from. The square at the end of Calle los Canos, La Calahorra with Castillo de La Calahorra in the background.

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The pair arrive at Jim's new acquisition. Outside Castillo de La Calahorra, Andalucia.

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An aerial shot of Castillo de La Calahorra overlooking the village.

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Jim and Mike walk through the courtyard of Castillo de La Calahorra in Andalucia.

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Mike drives a plough on the castle estate as Jim becomes more reclusive and distant. Castillo de La Calahorra, Andalucia, Spain.

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Looking down from the castle onto the village of La Calahorra.

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A television crew drive through the village when Jim agrees to an interview. La Calahorra, Granada, Spain.

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Jim is rushed to hospital after taking a drug overdose. Unknown location.

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Austin and the media follow. Unidentified location.

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Felix Hoffman (Richard LeParmentier) and Austin arrive at the hospital behind the ambulance. Unknown location.

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The locals approach to see what's going on. Unidentified location.

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Journalists and photographers rush towards the ambulance. Unknown location.

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