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Started by gerald lovell, Jun 13, 2012, 08:53 pm

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gerald lovell

Jun 13, 2012, 08:53 pm Last Edit: Sep 03, 2012, 09:09 pm by Scarfwearer
Here's a curious one from Gideon's Day (aka Gideon of Scotland Yard) (1958) directed by none other than John Ford:


The policeman is played by Andrew Ray and the homemade-looking prop must've surely been made by the chaps at M.G.M. British Studios in Borehamwood where the film was shot.  It's at the end of a sequence likely shot on location with real-looking police posts.

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Good grief, the door is the whole wall!!! (I'm a little surprised about the windows though... Given how plentiful these things were in the sixties. I wonder if there is some precedence for the 9 window panes that would explain this and The Massacre).
In the cities in the streets there's a tension you can feel,
The breaking strain is fast approaching, guns and riots.
Politicians gamble and lie to save their skins,
And the press get fed the scapegoats,
Public Enema Number One.


Knowing things the 9 paned windows are just original elements of the door, rather than a design cockup by the set people.

Looks like we have a winner for "worst Police Box replica".


Jun 15, 2012, 01:54 pm #3 Last Edit: Jun 15, 2012, 01:54 pm by galacticprobe
The center of the St. John logo is also a bit off. And if you look closely at it, the wording around the logo actually reads "THE St. JOHN AMBULANCE BRIGADE", rather than the usual "St. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION". And it looks like that whole panel is the door (note doorknob on the right, and no hinge or 'split' in the center).

It does make me wonder what effect they were trying to achieve. Was this supposed to have been a police box built into the side of a building to sort of clear a street corner? Not having seen the film I can only speculate.

"What's wrong with being childish?! I like being childish." -3rd Doctor, "Terror of the Autons"



The attention to detail is amazing.  :-\

If budgets were that tight, and the police box was not in a scene long enough to warrant being built any where near realistic, why not go and use one of the ready made boxes or posts? Or a mid shot of the constable walking up to a real box followed by a close up of just the phone panel?

Perhaps B&Q just had a special offer on door. ;D