The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)

The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders film poster- a man holding the hand of a women and whispering in her ear on a purple background- The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders is written in white

The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders film poster © Winchester Productions

Director: Terence Young

Writer: Denis Cannan, Roland Kibbee based on Daniel Defoe’s novel “Moll Flanders”

Starring: Kim Novak, Richard Johnson, Angela Lansbury

Production Company: Winchester Productions

Locations used: Chilham – village square, St Mary’s Church and Chilham Castle

Based on Daniel Defoe’s novel Moll Flanders, the 1965 adaptation titled The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders is set in the 18th century and follows a young house maid who has many love affairs in the hope to reach the top of society.

The film is a comedy directed by Terrence Young and stars Kim Novak (Vertigo, The Man with the Golden Arm, Picnic), as Moll Flanders alongside Richard Johnson (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Haunting), and Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote, Gaslight, Bedknobs and Broomsticks).

Chilham square doubles as the village where Moll grew up, Chilham Castle features as the Mayor’s House and St Mary’s Church is used for the scenes where Moll marries Younger Brother.

Chilham is a popular filming location renowned for its beautiful charm and stunning square with fifteenth century of black and white timbered buildings. Productions that have previously filmed in Chilham include Emma (2009) and Battle of Britain (1969).

The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders is available to purchase on DVD.

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The Collector (1965)

Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp) standing in front of some long grass staring into a glass jar he has in his hands

Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp) in The Collector © Columbia Pictures

Directed By: William Wyler

Starring: Terence Stamp, Samantha Eggar, Maurice Dallimore

Production Company:  Collector Company, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Kent locations used: Gabriel’s Manor in Edenbridge and Westerham Village

The Collector is a psychological thriller based on the fantasies of Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp). His obsession with collecting beautiful objects begins innocently with butterflies. However, after several years of stalking the woman he loves, Miranda (Samantha Eggar), he decides he must collect her. After locking the pretty art student in an outbuilding on his property, he hopes that in time she will fall in love with him.  Miranda soon realises that there is a chance she may never escape.

a man standing facing Gabriel's Manor in Edenbridge- a tutor style house with lots of chimneys

Gabriels Manor, Edenbridge © Columbia Pictures

Directed by Three time Oscar winner William Wyler (Miss Miniver 1943, The Best Years of Our Lives 1947, Ben Hur 1960) and starring Terence Stamp (Smallville, Wanted), Samantha Eggar (Hercules, Dr Dolittle) , Maurice Dallimore(Johnny Got His Gun).

Westerham makes a brief appearance towards the end of the film when Freddie goes looking for a doctor. Westerham is a pretty Kentish town known for its stately homes, beautiful gardens, monuments and country pubs.  It is located in the Sevenoaks district and easily commutable from London.

Also located in Sevenoaks is Edenbridge, a small town with a largely medieval character. Gabriel’s Manor in Edenbridge was the perfect setting for Freddie’s house with its secluded location, private driveway and outhouse located at the front of the property.

The Collector was first released in 1965 and is now available to buy on DVD.

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Doctor Who – The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964)

 

William Hartnell as Doctor Who in a suit staring away from the camera

William Hartnell as Doctor Who © BBC

Director: Richard Martin

Starring: William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, Jacqueline Hill and William Russell

Production Company: BBC

Kent locations used: St John’s Hole Quarry

The Dalek Invasion of Earth is a six part story of popular sci-fi show, Doctor Who, starring William Hartnell. The Doctor and his three companions, Ian, Barbara and Susan, land in havoc wreaked London during the 21st century only to discover that the Daleks have invaded earth. This is the second appearance of the Doctor’s greatest enemies and will he manage to send the Daleks back to their planet and save earth.

William Hartnell (I’m an Explosive, The Way Ahead) stars as the first Doctor alongside Carole Ann Ford (Emergency Ward 10, Moonstrike), Jacqueline Hill (Romeo and Juliet, Fabian of the Yard) and William Russell (The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, Nicholas Nickleby).

The production visited St John’s Hole Quarry, now Bluewater to film the scene of the Dalek Invasion of Earth as the entrance to the mines, where prisoners have to work.

Dartford is a historic town with boasts great travel links and has a variety of shopping facilities, hotels and parks. Productions such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010), The Inbetweeners (2010) and Wasp (2003) have been filmed in the Dartford area.

Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth was first shown in 1964 and is now available to buy on DVD.

 

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French Dressing (1964)

 

French Dressing Poster- lady in a red bikini standing in front of a cartoon beach scene, the faces of two men float behind her. French Dressing is written over the top

French Dressing Poster © Warner-Pathé Distributors

Director: Ken Russell

Starring: James Booth, Roy Kinnear, Marisa Mell

Production Company: Associated British Picture Corporation, Kenneth Harper Production

Kent Locations Used: Herne Bay, Kings Hall, Medway Queen Paddle Steamer

French Dressing is a comedy film set in the fictional seaside town of Gormleigh-on-Sea about a deckchair attendant, Jim Stephens (James Booth) who is deputised to organise a film festival. After finally convincing French movie star pin-up Françoise Fayol (Marisa Mell) to attend, a series of unplanned mishaps threatens the festival’s success.

The directorial debut of Ken Russell (Tommy, The Devils, The Lair of the White Worm), French Dressing stars James Booth (Zulu, Keeping Mum, Pray for Death), Roy Kinnear (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Help!, The Hill) and Marisa Mell (Marta, One on Top of the Other One, Casanova ’70).

Herne Bay beach and beach huts with a man taking a photo behind a camera

French Dressing Screenshot on Herne Bay beach © Warner-Pathé Distributors

Herne Bay beach and promenade with two crew members walking through a row of white dummies

French Dressing Screenshot at Herne Bay © Warner-Pathé Distributors

French Dressing Screenshot © Warner-Pathé Distributors

French Dressing Screenshot at Kings Hall © Warner-Pathé Distributors

a man riding a bike and trailer down herne bay promenade, two men stand next to him whilst a women is sat on the trailer. The pier and beach can be seen behind.

French Dressing Screenshot at Herne Bay seafront © Warner-Pathé Distributors

The film was almost entirely filmed in Herne Bay which doubles as Gormleigh-on-Sea and the Kings Hall doubles as the Council Offices. The Medway Queen Paddle Steamer is used in the scenes when Jim Stephens (James Booth) and Henry Liggott (Roy Kinnear) take the boat to France.

Herne Bay is a traditional seaside town offering two miles of splendid coast including a delightful beach with colourful beach huts, bandstand and seafront gardens as well as many shops and eateries and amusement arcades. Herne Bay has been used as a film location on projects such as Boomers (2014), Big Bad World (2013) and Things I Haven’t Told You (2008).

French Dressing was released in 1964 and is now available on DVD.

 

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Dr Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1964)

Dr Syn movie poster- a painting of a man standing next to a scarecrow, underneath are men riding horses, Walt Disney Dr Syn written underneath

Dr Syn © Walt Disney

Dr Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1964)

Directed by: James Neilson

Starring: Patrick McGoohan, George Cole, Michael Hordern, Tony Britton, Sean Scully, Alan Dobie

Production Company: Walt Disney Productions

Kent Locations Used: Romney Marsh, St Clement’s Church Old Romney

In 18th Century England, the Vicar of Dymchurch (Patrick McGoohan) takes on the alias of The Scarecrow. Alongside his gang of smugglers, they turn against the King and his high taxes, by smuggling goods across the Romney Marshes. The Scarecrow comes under threat from the Kings army after they learn of his rebel gang, and he becomes a wanted man. Aided by the locals, the Scarecrow must come up with a plan to get rid of the Kings army whilst maintaining his successful smuggling operations that many locals have come to rely on.

St Clements Church and cemetery-  horse are being walked along the path by cast in period costumes

St Clements Church © Walt Disney

The film was released as part of the Disney Treasures Collection in 1964. Walt Disney adapted the stories from the original DR Syn books written by Russell Thorndike, and the later book ‘Christopher Syn’ written by William Buchanan. Originally, the production was only intended to be aired in three parts on Disney’s weekly television show Wonderful World of Colour, but was later adapted for release on DVD.

The film stars Patrick McGoohan (Treasure Planet, Columbo), George Cole (The Dinner Party, My Good Friend),Michael Hordern (Wind in the Willows, The Secret Garden), Tony Britton (The Way We Live Now, Don’t Tell Father), Sean Scully (Two Door Mansion, Evil Never Dies) and Alan Dobie (The Hospice, Kessler).

Romney Marshes were the background to the production and so featured throughout the film and consist of around 100 square miles of coastal marshlands located in South East Kent. It is a popular tourist destination due to its sandy beaches, historic buildings and diverse landscape which is perfect for walkers and cyclists. Romney Marsh has also featured in Parades End (2012), Great Expectations (2012) and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries – Natural Causes (2006).

St Clement’s Church in Old Romney doubled as Dr Syn’s Dymchurch parish church in the production. Walt Disney funded the repair of the building in order to use it as a filming location. The interior was painted pink by the crew and remains so to this day.

The 3 Part TV series first aired in 1963 and is available to watch on DVD.

 

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Dunkirk (1958)

 

Dunkirk Movie Poster - a line of soldiers walking through the water,  with planes in the sky, Dunkirk written in red in the sky

Dunkirk Movie Poster © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Directed By:  Leslie Norman

Screenplay: David Devine and W.P. Lipscomb

Based on: “The Big Pickup” by Trevor Dudley Smith, and “Dunkirk” by Major J.S. Bradford and Lt. Col. Ewan Butler

Starring: John Mills, Robert Urquhart, Ray Jackson, Meredith Edwards, Bernard Lee, Richard Attenborough, Sean Barrett, Maxine Audley

Production Company: Ealing Studios

Kent Filming Locations: Teston Bridge

In the summer of 1940, over 300,000 troops were evacuated from the shores of Dunkirk. Ten years later, Dunkirk was filmed, commemorating this iconic event.

As the Blitzkrieg starts, a squad of British infantry led by Corporal “Tubby” Binns (played by John Mills) is sent into Belgium to face the German forces. But as the Allies are slowly pushed out of Belgium into France and the German army advances towards Calais, the British troops have to retreat. Left behind without their commanding officer, the squad barely manage to stay ahead of the advancing enemy. But their biggest challenge is yet to come as the Luftwaffe repeatedly bombs the harbour where the soldiers are meant to embark for home.

Early in the film, scenes show the soldiers in Belgium where they blow up a bridge as German troops advance over it. However, eagle eyed viewers will recognise that it is in fact in Teston near Maidstone! The Grade I listed bridge was constructed in the 14th or 15th Century and crosses the River Medway.

Like many districts in Kent, Maidstone has its fair share of historic locations and villages. Near Maidstone is the picturesque village of Harrietsham. The historic village contains a number of listed buildings and featured in the 1949 classic Kind Hearts and Coronets.

The film was released in 1958 and is now available on DVD.

 

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Adventure in the Hopfields (1954)

Mandy Miller as Jenny Quin stands looking up at a large wooden windmill in the middle of a field. Next to her is a sign reading ‘Danger. Keep off. This structure is unsafe’.

Mandy Miller as Jenny Quin in Adventure in the Hopfields (1954) © Roger Proudlock Productions

Director: John Guillermin
Writer: John Cresswell, Nora Lavin, Molly Thorp
Starring: Mandy Miller, Harold Lang, Mona Washbourne, Melvyn Hayes, Léon Garcia
Production Company: Roger Proudlock Productions
Kent Locations Used: Goudhurst – Triggs Farm, Nutley Windmill, Goudhurst Railway Station

Based on the 1952 novel ‘The Hop Dog’, Adventure in the Hopfields (1954) is a British children’s film about a young girl called Jenny Quin who accidently breaks her mother’s favourite ornament and, in order to raise money to replace it, runs away to the country to go hop-picking.

Directed by John Guillermin (The Towering Inferno, Death on the Nile) and adapted for the screen by John Cresswell (Yield to the Night, Port Afrique), Adventure in the Hopfields stars Mandy Miller (Compact, Child in the House) as Jenny Quin, Harold Lang (Gary Halliday, The Quatermass Xperiment) as Sam Hines, Mona Washbourne (My Fair Lady, Stevie) as Mrs McBain, Melvyn Hayes (The Dreamstone, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum) as Ned Reilly in one of his earliest roles, and Léon Garcia as his brother Pat Reilly.

Triggs Farm in Goudhurst was the main setting for the film, doubling as Longrope Camp where the hop-pickers stay, as well as the hopfields, orchard, and Barden train station. Goudhurst High Street also features in a scene where Sam and Jenny go shopping for a replacement ornament, as well as St Mary the Virgin church featuring in a scene where Laura McBain (June Rodney) gets married. The now derelict Goudhurst Railway Station and Nutley Windmill also feature throughout the film.

Goudhurst is a village in Kent about 12 miles south of Maidstone. It stands on a crossroads (A262 & B2079), where there is a large village pond. Hop-picking has an extensive history in Goudhurst and was an annual event in the village up until the 1950s. The village is home to Finchcocks, a Georgian manor which features in The Amazing Mr Blunden (2021) and a French and Saunders (1996) Pride and Prejudice sketch.

In 2002, a copy of the film was rediscovered in Chicago, USA and the film was subsequently screened in Goudhurst Village Hall for the first time in almost 50 years on Friday 8th March 2002.

Adventure in the Hopfields was released in 1954. It is currently available to watch for free on BFI Player.

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The Long Memory (1953)

 

The Long Memory film poster- a man and women hugging, the man is faced away from the camera. The Long Memory written in yellow

The Long Memory film poster © General Film Distributors (GFD)

Director: Robert Hamer

Starring: John Mills, John McCallum, Elizabeth Sellars

Production Company: J. Arthur Rank Organisation, Europa, British Film-Makers

Kent Locations Used: Gravesend, Stangate Creek

The Long Memory is a black and white 1953 film based on the 1951 novel of the same name by Howard Clewes. The crime thriller is about Philip Davidson (John Mills) who is wrongfully convicted for murder and given parole after 12 years. Will Philip choose revenge upon the witnesses who lied during the trial, or give himself a fresh start?

Directed by Robert Hamer (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Dead of Night, Father Brown), the film stars John Mills (Gandhi, Bean, Great Expectations), John McCallum (Skippy, Boney, Attack Force Z) and Elizabeth Sellars (The Barefoot Contessa, The Chalk Garden, The Day They Robbed the Bank of England).

Queen Street and Granby Road in Gravesend feature in the film as the locations for the two Tim Pewsey residences.

black and white image of Stangate Creek, with a wooden fence in front

The Long Memory screenshot at Stangate Creek © General Film Distributors (GFD)

 Gravesend street at night with a man in a trench coat walking away from the camera down the middle

The Long Memory screenshot at Gravesend © General Film Distributors (GFD)

The marshes of the Medway Estuary around Stangate Creek and Iwade were used as the location where Phillip Davidson’s (John Mills) barge is moored.

The historic market town of Gravesend is on the south bank of the River Thames and boasts a cast iron pier, promenade and high street. The area is easily accessible with train links at the nearby Ebbsfleet International station and is close to the M25. The Gravesend area has previously welcomed film productions such as The Interceptor (2015), Babylon (2014) and Age of Heroes (2011).

Stangate Creek is part of the River Medway and has been used as a film location by productions such as Mr Turner (2014), feature film adaption Great Expectations (2012) and the BBC’s Great Expectations (1999).

The Long Memory was released in 1978 and is now available on DVD.

 

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O Dreamland (1953)

Dreamland entrance, with amusements at the front and Dreamland written down the side of the building

Dreamland © Markus Kellmann

Director: Lindsay Anderson

Kent Filming Location: Dreamland, Margate

O Dreamland is a short documentary film made in 1953 by just the director Lindsay Anderson and a cameraman and is about amusement park Dreamland in Margate.

The film takes the audience on a tour of Dreamland in Margate and its various attractions such as bingo, arcades, rides, café and mechanical puppets set to background noise and music.

The 12 minute film was made with basic equipment – a single camera and an audiotape recorder and after completion it was shelved and likely never to be shown however Anderson decided to screen the film as part of the Free Cinema programme.

Dreamland had been closed since 2006 but there was a redevelopment of the site. It re-opened to the public in June 2015.

Margate is a delightful seaside town with a sandy beach, harbour, arcades, galleries and period housing. Margate has become a popular location having previously welcomed productions such as Sky Atlantic drama The Tunnel (2012), BBC One’s improvised drama True Love (2012) and feature film Last Orders (2002).

 

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Green Grow the Rushes (1951)

Long shot of Romney Marsh

Green Grow the Rushes screenshot at Romney Marsh © A.C.T. Films Ltd

Director: Derek N. Twist

Writer: Howard Clewes

Stars: Roger Livesey, Honor Blackman, Richard Burton

Production Company: Association of Cinema Technicians (A.C.T.)

Kent Locations Used: New Romney, Romney Marsh

British comedy film Green Grow the Rushes is based on the 1949 novel of the same name by Howard Clewes. Captain Biddle (Roger Livesey) smuggles alcohol along with Robert (Richard Burton), who poses as a fisherman, but when a reporter, Meg (Honor Blackman), arrives in town as well as a group of Government officials investigating the lack of farming on the marshes, will their scheme be exposed?

The film is directed by Derek Twist (Police Dog, Rx For Murder, All Over the Town) and stars Roger Livesey (The Entertainer, A Matter of Life and Death, The League of Gentlemen), Honor Blackman (Goldfinger,The Avengers, Bridget Jones’s Diary) and a young Richard Burton (Anne of the Thousand Days, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Where Eagles Dare).

Green Grow the Rushes was filmed in New Romney and on Romney Marsh which double as the town and marshland.

New Romney high street with a lady walking her bike on the pavement

Green Grow the Rushes screenshot at New Romney © A.C.T. Films Ltd

Romney Marsh is a unique landscape boasting over 100 square miles of woodland, wetlands plus sand and shingle shores. On the edge of Romney Marsh sits its principal town, New Romney. The area has been used as a filming location for projects such as The Honourable Woman (2014), Great Expectations (2011) and Dr Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1963).

Green Grow the Rushes was released in November 1951 and is now available to buy on DVD.

 

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