FILM : Door in the Wall, The
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Door in the Wall, The 1956 Stephen Murray, Ian Hunter, Leonard Sachs, Ann Blake London
Director : Glenn H Alvey Jnr.   Production Company : Associated British Pathé and the BFI Experimental Film Fund  Region : LONDON C-D

An outwardly successful politician is perturbed by a recurring vision of a childhood memory in which a mysterious green door led to a magical garden. As a result he astonishes his old friend when he refuses the appointment of Lord Chief Justice having seen the door at critical moments during his life. He further informs his friend that if he sees the door again, he will enter it.

Whilst not a commercially distributed film in accordance with our basic criteria the aspects of its background, the number of locations included and containing actors of note make this film worthy of inclusion in our listings.

It is essentially an experimental film, designed to explore the possibilities of the Dynamic Frame technique evolved by Glenn H Alvey Jnr. The aim was to combine the advantages of the new “big screens” with an ability to compose in close-up, to select detail and to emphasise mood. To achieve this, the dimensions of the frame (in this case VistaVision) change both laterally and vertically both from one shot to another or during a scene. 

Screen captures and locations provided by Jules Ballantyne and uncredited now shots by Richard Lovejoy. And team work to resolve the remaining few.

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Door in the Wall, The - Frank recounts a further troubled stage in his life when he was a schoolboy (Brian Leslie), finding different ways to school. What was Hughenden Rd, London W6, demolished for the widening of the Great West Road.
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa011. Frank recounts a further troubled stage in his life when he was a schoolboy (Brian Leslie), finding different ways to school. What was Hughenden Rd, London W6, demolished for the widening of the Great West Road.

ditwa011n. Only the rear of the houses in Berestede Road to be seen now.
(Modern Photo Added: 03-04-2017)

Door in the Wall, The - Realising he was lost and likely to be late for school he sets off at pace. The corner of Hughenden Road, London W6 with British Grove before demolition and the widening of the Great West Road.
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa012. Realising he was lost and likely to be late for school he sets off at pace. The corner of Hughenden Road, London W6 with British Grove before demolition and the widening of the Great West Road.

ditwa012n. Some of the houses in British Grove survive, both sides of the Great West Road.
(Modern Photo Added: 03-04-2017)

Door in the Wall, The - He thinks that he has found himself in a dead end. Unknown location
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa013. He thinks that he has found himself in a dead end. Unknown location

Door in the Wall, The - Frank enters a passageway. Research would suggest that this is to the side of 2 Hebron Road/Street looking towards the rear of odd number houses in Coulter Road, a small portion of the front of 2 Coulter Road (red) and finally the rear of even numbers in Beauclerc Road.
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa014. Frank enters a passageway. Research would suggest that this is to the side of 2 Hebron Road/Street looking towards the rear of odd number houses in Coulter Road, a small portion of the front of 2 Coulter Road (red) and finally the rear of even numbers in Beauclerc Road.

ditwa014n. It may not now be possible to gain access to the passageway or confirm the sight line due to greenery and maybe house extensions but for the time being this is considered to be the location. Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland -http://maps.nls.uk/index.html
(Modern Photo Added: 03-06-2017)

Door in the Wall, The -
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa014a. 

ditwa014an. Even if it was possible to open the gate the greenery has grown so considerably that little or no background would be seen. (RL)
(Modern Photo Added: 26-06-2017)

Door in the Wall, The - He can do nothing else but follow the path. To the left of No 1 Hebron Road, London W6 looking towards the rear of houses in Marco Road.
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa015. He can do nothing else but follow the path. To the left of No 1 Hebron Road, London W6 looking towards the rear of houses in Marco Road.

ditwa015n. Much remains as was if only one could open that gate. (RL)
(Modern Photo Added: 26-06-2017)

Door in the Wall, The - Eventually, a road. Here Frank is emerging into Banim Street, London W6 from the road/passageway that connects to Bradmore Park Road. Nos: 10 and 12 Banim Street are in front of him.
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa016. Eventually, a road. Here Frank is emerging into Banim Street, London W6 from the road/passageway that connects to Bradmore Park Road. Nos: 10 and 12 Banim Street are in front of him.

ditwa016n. The narrowing of the road is now the only remaining evidence. (RL)
(Modern Photo Added: 26-06-2017)

Door in the Wall, The - He crosses. Cardross Street once again.
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa017. He crosses. Cardross Street once again.

ditwa017n. What is proposed behind that boarding?
(Modern Photo Added: 28-02-2017)

Door in the Wall, The - To find himself at the shop (ditwa007) he had passed all those years ago. Aldensley Road once more.
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa018. To find himself at the shop (ditwa007) he had passed all those years ago. Aldensley Road once more.

ditwa018n. Had it not been for a parked car I could have achieved the exact angle.
(Modern Photo Added: 28-02-2017)

Door in the Wall, The - Once again he is confronted by the green door but he hears the school bell ring, moves on and marks the fence with an arrow with chalk. Aldensley Road heading towards Carthew Road, London W6 - I captured the wrong corner during my first visit.
Door in the Wall, The

ditwa019. Once again he is confronted by the green door but he hears the school bell ring, moves on and marks the fence with an arrow with chalk. Aldensley Road heading towards Carthew Road, London W6 - I captured the wrong corner during my first visit.

ditwa019n. I didn't expect to be back quite so soon to witness the subsequent development.
(Modern Photo Added: 01-03-2017)

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