The Key Man (1957)
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    This Merton Park production jumps around London and I've noted WC1, WC2, SE1, EC2 and SW19 but I can't place this:-


    This mews is presented as the fictitious 'Stafford Mews NW8', any guesses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Matheson View Post
    This Merton Park production jumps around London and I've noted WC1, WC2, SE1, EC2 and SW19 but I can't place this
    As a Merton Park production it's more likely to be SW something. They often didn't stray far from home

    Steve

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    Looks like it was filmed during the Coronation period, but if it was filmed in 1957, it's odd that they left all the bunting up for four years.

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    Actually darrenburnfan the decorations are supposed to be for VE night so that's 12 years. Anyway, here are two more tough (well tough to me) to decipher locations.

    This seems to have a strong 'somewhere near Shaftesbury Avenue' feel to it but I can't make it out.

    That looks like a real pub but as far as I can discover there wasn't one with that name.

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    Could be the star tavern belgravia mews as youve got a mews garage next to it

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    It looks like it may be The Star Tavern, but in those days, as in the scene below from The Fallen Idol (1948), there were railings bars outside the entrance that are still there today. They don't appear to be there in The Key Man.


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    A modern day view.


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    How about the Dover Castle in Weymouth Mews, its also number 43.

    https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/...92f993!6m1!1e1

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    That looks more like it, as there are two steps leading up to the door, as in The Key Man, but The Star Tavern has only one step.

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    Many thanks for all the input and special thanks to tavistock. Presumably the mews shot in my first posting could be Weymouth Mews too for, now that I knew where to look, later daytime scenes show Weymouth Mews and a frontage on Weymouth Street.
    A great car chase begins in the ruins of the Barbican area where the old street pattern still survived at the time of filming. The chase continues into Finsbury Circus, and several streets by the circus and after crossing Tower Bridge we see this:-

    The chase continues and we see this:-

    I guess that must be an RF bus running on a Green Line Coach route. And as the camera pans to the right we see this sequence:-



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    An A40 Somerset convertible? I didn't know Austin made such a thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan gowdy View Post
    An A40 Somerset convertible? I didn't know Austin made such a thing.
    Designed for the more debonair motorist in mind, Alan. Rather than the getaway driver.
    http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/somerset-convertible.htm
    Last edited by Rick C; 01-05-16 at 07:14 AM.

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    Wondering whether #10 is Brixton Road with Christ Church in the background (the church in the picture does however look bigger than Christ Church!!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick C View Post
    Designed for the more debonair motorist in mind, Alan. Rather than the getaway driver.
    http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/somerset-convertible.htm
    Great stuff. The car an Austin buyer might purchase if their wallet would not run to an A90 Atlantic convertible no doubt.

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    Hi Chris, The second frame-looks like a theatre? Pity the weather seems so bleak!

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    Post No 4. Photo no1 regarding the standee of the waiter. Most likely Soho area (Compton Street/Frith Street for example)? It draws the eye but as a movable item, not many local history sites I scrutinize would have it as a capture!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick C View Post
    Post No 4. Photo no1 regarding the standee of the waiter. Most likely Soho area (Compton Street/Frith Street for example)? It draws the eye but as a movable item, not many local history sites I scrutinize would have it as a capture!
    I've fancied that for Theobalds Road.

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    CliveT, yes I think that could be a theatre in the distance while the fencing suggests a churchyard with perhaps a noticeboard between the four trees. Rick C - the 'waiter' is actually a sign for a barber but I think your Old Compton Street/Frith Street is not too far of the mark while I also see that Cassidy's Theobalds Road proposition could fit too. Anyway, the chase continues to this location:-

    I think this is the view south along Morden Road with the Lines Brothers (Tri-Ang) toys factory. But I cannot find a photo of the factory for confirmation. And next up is this:-

    Which looks like it could be close by. And then this:-

    I'm certain that 'Pedigree Dolls' was part of the Lines Brothers empire and presumably this too is in the Merton/Morden area.

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    mariocki - I had seen both of these from searching that website but I still can't see the correct setup of roof line, and building orientation, right next to a road. Am I missing something?

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