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This film, starring Peter Sellers and others, features a large chunk of action in the vicinity of a level crossing.

Early in 2008 some of us were trying to identify the location of this crossing - see Wrong arm of the law, Unidentified railways scenes so I flag up the reshowing of this film in case someone can add to the clues about the location.

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Hi John

This from website: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056704/ ...under the user comments

"This film is full of many wonderful characters from the mainstream 50's British cinematic comedy era. The film centres on the criminal gangs of London being double crossed in their criminal activities by a bunch of foreign criminal gang members who impersonate Metropolitan Police Officers.

They turn up at the scene of the crime and then disappear with the stolen goods leaving the criminals in limbo waiting to be arrested by the real police.

Arthur Mullard, Peter Sellers, Lionel Jeffries, Bernard Cribbens and many more make this a gem of a title to watch. Some of the film was produced around Teddington, South West London, the scene of the mass arrest at the railroad level crossing was filmed in a Teddington street called Fairfax Road.

The crossing was taken out of use many years ago but the building on which Peter Sellers and his cohorts sat observing the proceedings is still in place adjacent to the point where the crossing was.

The area where the Jaguar car driven by Mullard screams over the bridge is the railway road bridge at Strawberry Hill (not far from Teddington).

I humbly give this film 9 out of 10, but then maybe I'm biased as I just love old British comedies such as this. Produced by Romulus Films and distributed by British Lion Films, what could be better?"

Hope it's useful?

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Thanks for that - someone has obviously updated the IMDB since I looked at it last year when the question first arose.

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Bother, I'll be at work, better get it videod as I haven't seen it for many a year.

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Looking at my London Atlas, Fairfax Road runs parallel to the railway line, but there is a "Bushy Park Road" which looks as though it once crossed the railway and which also crosses Fairfax Road. So it looks a very promising site - especially as the line from the level crossing site goes away in a long straight line as we see in the film.

I'll try a bit of Google Earth and see if that can confirm the location.

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I've looked at the above location in Google Earth and I think it can be eliminated. In particular there is absolutely no sign of the gas holders visible not far beyond the crossing. The housing looks very well established, so I don't think they've been built on a gas-holder site. Ah well, just have to keep on looking!

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