What a Whopper

Date: 1961
Director: Gilbert Gunn
Production Company: Viscount Films, Terry Moore Productions

Stars: Adam Faith, Sid James, Carole Lesley, Terence Longdon
Location(s): Buckinghamshire, Highlands, London

Region(s): , ,

Storyline:

An author attempts to raise cash by writing about the Loch Ness Monster, faking photos and travelling to Scotland to add authenticity.

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The titles roll as Tony Blake makes his way home through Chelsea . . . . . no, this isn't him! Facing west on Cheyne Walk, London SW3.

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A bit more greenery in this picture from Peter.

The camera turns as Tony appears . . . . but he moves on. Looking over Chelsea Embankment at Albert Bridge from Cheyne Walk SW3.

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Taken by Peter from the roadway to avoid the bridge being obscured by trees.

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Tony Blake (Adam Faith) continues his walk alongside the River Thames.

The young author stops to admire a baby. Opposite Chelsea Embankment Gardens on Cheyne Walk.

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Now. SJ

Tony meets more people on the way. King's Road, Chelsea SW10 with The World's End public house on the right.

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Newly opened after refurbishment at the same place now. Picture from Peter.

A shop window is browsed. Peter identified and captured King's Road in Chelsea SW3 which was seen in '30 is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia'.

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With reflections of Chelsea's Curzon, formerly the Gaumont, Cinema and Habitat in the windows, Peter took this shot of the same location.

Chelsea Girls stop to talk. To the left stands the Kings Head & Eight Bells on the corner of Cheyne Walk and Cheyne Row.

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A lovely shot of the newly repainted building from Peter.

A Barrow Boy (Trevor Peacock) sells his goods in the square where Tony lives. Oakley Gardens in SW3, near the junction with Phene Street.

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Phene Street just to the left out of shot. SJ

Tony enters the lodging house that he shares with a Bohemian selection of artistes. The property stands on the south side of Oakley Gardens.

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A hedge has sprung up. SJ

A plan to raise money sees Tony buying hardware. King's Road at the corner of Blantyre Street in SW10. Both sides of the street have been redeveloped and Blantyre Street has disappeared but the flats seen in the right distance still stand.

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Peter captured the same location.

Tony heads home. King's Road with the corner of Slaidburn Street on the right.

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The replacement building by Peter.

Vernon (Terence Longdon) and Tony go to Hyde Park to put their plan into operation. The Serpentine Bridge in Hyde Park, London.

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Peter took this from the correct side of the road but he's not sure where the screen capture was taken from.

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A Tramp (Spike Milligan) settles down to fish before sighting the Loch Ness Monster swimming through an unexpected mist.

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Vernon and Tony make a run for it when the Fire Brigade are alerted by the smoke bombs used.

The Tramp joins the pair as they run from the park.

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A more colourful image of the same spot from Peter.

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Deciding to visit Loch Ness, Tony visits dodgy car dealer Legree (Bernard Hunter) and purchases a hearse.

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Charlotte 'Charlie' Pinner (Carole Lesley) helps with packing the hearse for the journey to Scotland.

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The postman leaves after delivering mail to Charlotte's parents' house. Heatherden Hall at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.

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A drunken Gilbert Pinner (Freddie Frinton) and Mrs. Pinner (Fabia Drake) set off to visit their daughter. Heatherden Hall in Buckinghamshire.

Arnold (Charles Hawtrey) and Jojo (Lloyd Reckord) saye farewell to Tony, Vernon and Charlie. Facing westward on Oakley Gardens, London SW3.

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Now. SJ

The hearse makes it's way out of London. The junction of King's Road and Edith Grove with Blantyre Street to the top left.

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Peter found a lot of redevelopment at this corner.

Facing south-west at the long lost junction of King's Road, Gartrey Road and Blantyre Street in SW10.

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The former junction now by Peter.

Mr. and Mrs. Pinner arrive at the lodging house and are met by Arnold. Oakley Gardens in Chelsea.

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Nearly the same view as 020. SJ

Gilbert leaves his wife and sets of in pursuit of Charlie. Facing Chelsea Manor Street on Oakley Gardens.

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No change here in SW3. SJ

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The inebriated Gilbert negotiates a roundabout. Five Points, Iver with Church Road on the left and Slough Road to the right.

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A Policeman (Lance Percival) is asked for directions. The Crooked Billet public house, Five Points, Iver in Buckinghamshire.

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The hearse comes to a halt when a girl is seen hitch hiking.

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With hitch hiker Marie on board, the gang make it to Scotland.

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The hearse pulls up outside the Claymore Hotel near the banks of Loch Ness.

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Gilbert arrives beside Loch Ness and asks Constable Doone (Gordon Rollings) for directions.

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When salmon poaching is suspected, Landlord Harry Sutton (Sid James), the Sergeant (Terry Scott), Gilbert and Constable Doone head to search the Pinner's car.

Vernon sets about rigging up a loudspeaker at a nearby castle. Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit in Inverness-shire. Also seen in 'The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes'.

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Now under February skies. SJ

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The local Postman (Wilfrid Brambell) leads customers from the hotel at closing time after the monster is heard on the Loch.

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After getting locked out of the hotel, Tony, Vernon and Marie seek accommodation in a crofter's cottage.

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Vernon prepares for another fake sighting of the Monster as Tony and Marie (Marie-France) look on.

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