Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Black Windmill (1974)

dir. Don Siegel

Boys running with a model plane – Quinton House School, Upton Hall, Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom.

The hangar where the boys are kidnapped – Still searching for this location

McKee (John Vernon) gets rid of his two associates in the kidnapping – M3 junction near Bagshot and Lightwater, Surrey, United Kingdom

Major Tarrant (Michael Caine) comes to investigate Celia Burrows (Delphine Seyrig) – 1 Cleve Road, London NW6. There was a studio located in the back of the house but it’s now gone.

Tarrant driving away – Cleve Road at West End Lane, London NW6

Sir Edward Julyan’s (Joseph O'Conor) estate – Wykehurst Place, Bolney, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Alex Tarrant’s (Janet Suzman) house – 80 South Hill Park Gardens, London NW3

Major Tarrant’s office – 35 Rose Street, London WC2

Tarrant’s basement apartment – 227 Elgin Avenue, London W9

Tarrant’s office back entrance – King Street at Garrick, London WC2

Tarrant entering the Tube – Aldwych station, Surrey Street at Strand, London WC2. The station was only partially in operation since 1958 and completely closed in 1993. It was a popular filming location even before its closure.

Tarrant exiting the Tube – Shepherd’s Bush station, London W12

Tarrant running from his pursuer – the footbridge connecting the station to the West 12 Shepherds Bush shopping centre has since been removed.

Tarrant meeting with Celia – Vagenende, 142 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris, France

Tarrant accompanies Celia to McKee’s hideout – the entire Bercy district has since been redeveloped and only the Pavillions de Bercy (seen in the background) remain standing. They now host the Musée des Arts Forains.

McKee’s hideout – the street and buildings have been lost to the Bercy district redevelopment.

The prison hospital – Still searching for this location

Tarrant escapes from the prison van – Still searching for this location

The police chasing Tarrant on the bridge – Pont de Bercy, Paris, France

Tarrant arriving back in England – Ramsgate Hoverport, Pegwell Bay, Kent, United Kingdom. The hoverport ceased its operations in 1982, the site was eventually closed and all buildings completely demolished.

Tarrant’s wife Alex goes to her friend’s house and fools her police escort by escaping through the back entrance – 29 Eldon Road, London W8

Tarrant meeting with his wife – Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London W1

Tarrant’s wife researching the windmills – 55 Great Ormond Street, London WC1

The black windmill – "Jack" windmill, Hassocks, West Sussex, United Kingdom. It's privately owned and is not open to the public.

The other windmill – "Jill" windmill, Hassocks, West Sussex, United Kingdom. The mill has been restored by volunteers and is open on most Sundays from May to September.

"Jill" and "Jack" windmills, Hassocks, West Sussex, United Kingdom

See also...

The Ipcress File

Marathon Man

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Paradine Case (1947)

dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Mrs. Paradine’s (Alida Valli) house – 33 Wilton Crescent, London SW1.

The police station – 28 Bow Street, London WC2. It was the oldest police station in London, located next to Bow Street Magistrates' Court, the most famous magistrates' court in England. The station was established in 1829, and closed in the 1990s. The court closed its doors in 2006 and the building was later sold to Austrian developers. Plans for the redevelopment include the retention of prison cells and the establishment of a police museum on the site.

Anthony Keane’s (Gregory Peck) house – 60 Portland Place, London W1

The prison – HMP Holloway, Parkhurst Road, London N7. The old castle-like building was demolished and replaced with a modern prison complex in 1971-1985.

Sir Simon’s (Charles Coburn) apartment building – Barrie House, Lancaster Gate, London W2

The street view of Keane’s house – Portland Place at Weymouth Street, London W1

Keane arriving in Cumbria – Coniston Railway Station, Coniston, Cumbria. The station was completely closed by 1962 and left to decay.

The station building – Braithwaite Railway Station, Braithwaite, Cumbria. In the film, Coniston and Braithwaite are supposed to be the same station but in reality, they are about 50 miles apart. The station closed in 1966. The building is now a private residence.

‘Station Hotel’ – Drunken Duck Inn, Barngates, Ambleside, Cumbria.

Riding to Hindley Hall – Yew Tree Farm, Coniston, Cumbria

The church on the road to Hindley Hall – Still searching for this location

The bridge – Grange Bridge, Grange, Keswick, Cumbria

Hindley Hall – Langdale Chase Hotel, Ambleside Road, Windermere, Cumbria

The lake view – Lake Windermere, Cumbria

Keane arriving in London – It’s probably Euston Station but it’s hard to confirm because the old station was demolished in 1961-62 and replaced with a new building.

The courthouse – Old Bailey, Old Bailey at Newgate Street, London EC4