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    Can anyone identify which MGM Borehamwood production circa 1964 this set was built for?



    It is used in the 'DANGER MAN' episode 'Fair Exchange' as an East Berlin checkpoint. From the look of the flintwork buildings in the rear it, could be a Plantaginate castle set redressed.








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    It may have been built for or redressed as the French prison Elke Sommers keeps being released from in Blake Edwards "SHOT IN THE DARK" 1964.

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    Shot in the Dark was shown here last week and the only backlot scenes were of the 'Rupert Square'/'Hobb's Lane'/'Berlin Wall from Casino Royale' set.



    So no sign at all of the above.



    This was followed this week by "Inspector Clouseau' - the first time I had ever seen it. What a shambles - did they ever finish the script or shooting the film before it was released!

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    Could it be from either 'Operation Crossbow' or '633 Squadron' both made there around that time?

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    Looks like the set could have been constructed next to the Ivanhoe castle on the area known as The Mound...

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    The 'mound', which still exists as an area of open space surrounded by houses, was converted from Ivanhoe's Castle to Frence chateau for the Dirty Dozen. Ivanhoe's Castle was more of a 'hollywood' castle with curved walls and a moat. The castle above looks more realistic - it could be a representation of The Tower of London with Traitor's Gate. As it does not feature in any other of the MGM footage so I'm assuming it was a short-lived construction. You can see that the wall is made up of repeated vacuuum moulded plastic sheets rather than hand-crafted plaster.

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    I think the actual spot for Ivanhoes castle was converted into Polanski,s Dance of the Vampire castle with the Dity Dozen chateau next to it and backing onto the prisoner Harmony set.The above set I agree looks less permanent and could have been down the Thrift Farm area.I think some of the Inn of Sixth Happiness sets were still on the lot in 63/64,they could have been redressed for this.After examining my own collection of studio stills I can not be certain...Its good to see the mound is still in place ,god knows what treasure is underneath

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    Yes - after a quick check, I agree Ivanhoe's Castle is on the Thrift Farm side of 'The Mound'. There is quite a slope from the access road to the 'moat'. If 'the mound' is artificial it could be made of the debris produced when digging the moat. If would not be surprised there is still a dip in the ground around Hancock Close.

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    I think i have posted this before ,but the houses built on the Shepperton backlot are forever digging up bits of the Oliver set when gardening ,I wonder if this is the case on the old MGM backlot site..wheres my metal detector and shovel....

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    I'f you start digging make sure you watch out for the shaft that leads to magnetic core of the Earth!

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    Battle Beneath the Earth ,nice shot of the mgm clocktower in this film....

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    I was thinking 'Invasion Earth 2150' at Shepperton, the one with the under-exposed robotic monsters.

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    Ooooh ,i was thinking Burt Kwock let loose on the Prisoner Fall out sets at MGM british in Battle Beneath the Earth ,or was McGoohan let loose on the BBTE sets?

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    Ive often wondered...Is the old MGM Backlot used in the Morecambe and Wise film "The Magnificent Two"....Used as a Village in a South American Banana Republic...Or was that Villa at Pinewood...?

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    name='mikeluxy']Ive often wondered...Is the old MGM Backlot used in the Morecambe and Wise film "The Magnificent Two"....Used as a Village in a South American Banana Republic...Or was that Villa at Pinewood...?


    I've got quite a few shots of the MGM and Shepperton backlot buildings on the new version of my Avnegerland site - unfortunately I'm still waiting for FTP access to post up the new material - if you can take as screen grab of the village in question I should be able to identify it.

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    name='mikeluxy']Ive often wondered...Is the old MGM Backlot used in the Morecambe and Wise film "The Magnificent Two"....Used as a Village in a South American Banana Republic...Or was that Villa at Pinewood...?


    I think those were the standing sets left over from Sir Cliff's FINDERS KEEPERS at Pinewood. They were subsequently recycled in MAN IN A SUITCASE - most noticeably in 'Variation On A Million Bucks'...



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    name='smudge']I think those were the standing sets left over from Sir Cliff's FINDERS KEEPERS at Pinewood. They were subsequently recycled in MAN IN A SUITCASE - most noticeably in 'Variation On A Million Bucks'...



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    IIRC it features in an episode of The Baron as well.

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    name='batman']IIRC it features in an episode of The Baron as well.


    I haven't watched the whole series of THE BARON for a good long while, but as I recall it was an ABPC Elstree job and (assume) as most things would have been shot on what we at home respectfully call 'Elstree Corner' - i.e. the standing sets on the backlot there.



    I may well be wrong - if you can recall the Baron episode you're thinking of Bats, I'd be intrigued to have a butchers...



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    Oh crikey .... it was one where Mannering was involved in a bit of skullduggery in a 'banana republic'. I will try and work out which one it was.

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    Probably The Long, Long Day

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