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    John Coldstream interviews Jon Whiteley for his 2004 book Dirk Bogarde - The Authorised Biography. The image below shows a recent photo of Jon Whiteley, now aged 64, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.







    Hunted, directed by Charles Crichton, was an unpretentious drama about a killer on the run with an adopted boy who had seen too much. Shot at Pinewood and on location in south-west Scotland, it was notable for its understatement and for the relationship between the fugitive, Chris Lloyd, and the boy, Robbie, played by Jon Whiteley. The blond son of an Aberdeen headmaster, Whiteley was exactly the right age�six�for the part, which he secured after being heard on the radio reciting The Owl and The Pussycat in his school playground. He says that his parents, especially his father, were �not at all keen that this should lead to a career in acting, but they thought that the cinema might be a way of instilling discipline, because there was no room for tantrums, or breaking off when you felt like it and going your own way.� They agreed that he could do Hunted and, if it led to anything, he would be restricted to one film a year until he was eleven; then it would be back proper work.



    For his screen test, with another actor taking Dirk�s part, he performed the scene where Lloyd catches Robbie in the wrong place at the wrong time, and grabs him round the neck. �I remember the other actor didn�t put his heart into it, unlike Dirk.�



    Jon Whiteley has nothing but happy memories of the production and of working with Dirk. �He treated me as if he was an older brother � we had a marvelous time together. He used to take me to toyshops. He was a jolly and generous companion and he had a nice instinct for buying the right presents. He was always good natured, endlessly laughing. He had a good range of jokes.�



    While they were shooting on a bombsite in central London, Dirk spotted lice in the boy�s hair, to general alarm; �Dirk just laughed.� A charming photograph of star dispensing tea to novice on the Bendrose lawns bears witness to a happy experience, at the end of which Dirk asked Jon what he would like as a parting gift. �I proposed a monkey from Harrods� pet shop, but he wisely passed this suggestion before my mother and I�m glad to say that it did not go any further. He gave me instead a handsome Tri-ang tractor and trailer.� They would meet again, but not for five years.

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    BELOW: Fifty-eight years ago...a J. Arthur Rank studio portrait of six years old Jon Whiteley taken in 1951 to publicise Hunted.







    BELOW: Dirk Bogarde's favourite still from the film. Leaping to Robbie's aid after the boy has jumped from the railway bridge onto the moving freight train.




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    An excellent film. Enjoyed it when I saw it.

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    Yes, Stevie, one of the best.

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    From the top, a poster for Hunted; a Rank publicity portrait of six and a half years old Jon Whiteley taken to publicise the film and a publicity photo by Norman Gyrspeerdt of Charles Crichton directing Jon Whiteley before a take on the north bank of the River Thames at Shadwell, London, in 1951.






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    More vintage 8 x 10 press stills. From the top: With a key given to him by Chris Lloyd (Dirk Bogarde), Robbie Campbell (Jon Whiteley) warily enters Chris's flat in an attempt to find some money Chris has hidden in a sideboard draw...and is distracted by a model sailing ship, before being surprised by the arrival of the police and getting out of the flat without the money; While Chris tries to sell his overcoat in a pawn shop, Robbie, waiting outside, is surprised by a policeman; Chris, taking Robbie into a cafe, realises he only has enough money to buy the boy a roll and glass of milk and can't afford anything for himself. Somehow, he has to get into the flat to get the money, even though the police are watching the place.









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    That night, leaving Robbie outside the block of flats, Chris manages to evade the police and get into his flat and get his money. His two-timing wife (Elizabeth Sellars) tries to get him to stay the night with her, but he and and Robbie have to get away from this place immediately. Pursued by the police, Chris and Robbie manage to shake them off and head north out of London. Getting ready for bed in their room at a lodging house in Stoke-on-Trent, Robbie accidently knocks something over and retreats into a corner, expecting Chris to hit him as his abusive and violent foster father would have done. But Chris puts him at ease.






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    The landlady of the lodging house (Kay Walsh) is already suspicious of the odd couple she has let the room to and the next morning, her suspicions are confirmed when the paperboy delivers the Daily Mirror, with Chris and Robbie on the front page. She asks her husband (Frederick Piper) to go for the police while she stays there to protect Robbie. Once more, the pair have to make a quick getaway, this time by freight train, and end up on the English side of the Scottish border. Then the long trek on foot across the mountains begins, with Robbie getting more and more tired as the long trek continues...




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    From Picturegoer magazine, March 15th, 1952.


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    The two fugitives.


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    Quote Originally Posted by darrenburnfan View Post
    The policeman is credited as "Howard Lane", but is in fact our old friend - and frequent impersonator of a member of H.M. Constabulary - Howard Lang.

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    I didn't know that, Gerald. Thanks for letting me know.

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    Darrenburnfan, some great images, and a very interesting article from Picturegoer magazine, Hunted is definitely in my top five of favourite Dirk Bogarde films, Dirk and Jon Whiteley made a great pairing, a lot of the locations featured in Hunted, must have changed a lot by now.

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    Yes, Billy, some of them are unrecognisable after 63 years, especially the area where the railway scenes were filmed. In fact, thanks to Doctor Beeching, there's nothing left there now to show that there ever was a railway there.

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    Features on Hunted from Picture Show and Photoplay magazines in early 1952.






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    Thank you for sharing these gems darrenburnfan.

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    Glad you like them, Pat. Picture Show pages are difficult to scan because of their large size and the only way to do it is to scan the top half and then the bottom half and then upload the two images one on top of the other. You can see my recently uploaded colour photo of Dirk in the 'Stars and Animals' thread of 'Actors and Actresses'.

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    The original theatrical trailer from 1952.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TozyEzttOJc

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    Between scenes while on location at St Katherine's Dock, London, Dirk sows up a hole in Jon's pants and Jon demonstrates his artistic talents to three onlookers.




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    Dirk, Jon and director Charles Crichton on location in Portpatrick, south west Scotland.
















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