There Was a Crooked Man

Date: 1960
Director: Stuart Burge
Production Company: Knightsbridge Films

Stars: Norman Wisdom, Alfred Marks, Andrew Cruickshank, Reginald Beckwith, Susannah York
Location(s): Isle of Wight, Lancashire, London

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Storyline:

A naïve explosives expert is coerced into working for a criminal gang before being imprisoned and moving on to greater things!

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Before his statue is unveiled, Davy Cooper (Norman Wisdom) sits listening to the Padre (Redmond Phillips) who he first encountered whilst in prison. The opening scenes appear to have been shot on a studio set.

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The story is shown in flashback. Here, after being conned by a gang of crooks, the explosives expert outlines plans for the latest 'bank job'.

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Albert Carter and his gang watch as the next slide is seen, showing a hospital next door to the bank.

During the robbery, Davy is the only one caught and he ends up serving five years. The entrance to Wandsworth Prison on Heathfield Road, London SW18. The prison is also seen in ‘The Cracksman’, ‘Time Without Pity’, ‘The Criminal’, ‘Daybreak’, ‘Calculated Risk’, ‘Emergency’, ‘Ooh, You Are Awful’, ‘The Dock Brief’, ‘Up in the World’ and ‘The Mail Van Murder’.

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Taken during a very recent visit. (RL)

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In the prison garden, the Padre speaks with Davy as he tends to flowers.

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Adolf Carter (Alfred Marks), Flash Dan and Freda (Jean Clarke) are waiting for Davy when he's released from prison. The forecourt outside the entrance of Wandsworth Prison.

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It still looks quite grim. (RL)

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Davy arrives in Sleath on Sea. Looking southward from Darwen Station at the end of Railway Road.

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Walking from the station, Davy heads through the gates of McKillup's mill where he has secured work. Likely to be somewhere in Darwen.

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In the guise of General Perkins, a representative from the Pentagon, Davy is driven through Sleath on Sea. Church Street in Darwen at the junction with Railway Road.

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The motorcade draws up outside the fictional McKillup Arms Hotel. In reality this was a warehouse on Railway Road which stood next to Railway Road Methodist Church.

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With help from Carter and his gang, the "General" prepares to teach the corrupt McKillup a lesson. Railway Road with Church Street in the background.

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The unsuspecting McKillup (Andrew Cruickshank) arrives at the hotel. In the background runs Market Street beyond the covered market on Market Square.

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Young boys run alongside the car as Davy is driven to the Station Master's house. Facing north-east on Belgrave Road in Darwen with the town centre in the distance and Buff Street running to the left.

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Davy approaches the front door which is opened by Ellen.The property stands at the corner of Belgrave Road and Buff Street.

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Outside the hotel, Davy stands with McKillup. The now demolished warehouse that stood next to Railway Road Methodist Church in Darwen, Lancashire.

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Following the destruction of McKillup's properties, Davy escapes. Looking towards Pier Street and the junction with Union Street from the Esplanade in Ryde, Isle of Wight.

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The camera follows the car as it swings to enter the pier. This is the entrance to Ryde Pier on the Esplanade.

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The car speeds along the pier. To the right can be seen a signal and vehicle belonging to Ryde Pier's tramway which closed in 1969.

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The car comes to a halt and Davy gets out.

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A final view of Sleath on Sea as seen from the pier. A matted shot looking landward from Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight.

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