FILM : Dateline Diamonds
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FILM / MOVIE TITLE DATE FILM STAR(S) WHO APPEAR IN THE LOCATION SCENES FILM / MOVIE LOCATIONS / SCENES
Dateline Diamonds 1965 The Small Faces, Kenneth Cope, William Lucas, Conrad Phillips, George Mikell, Anna Carteret, Burnell Tucker London, Watford, Slough, Harwich
Director : Jeremy Summers   Production Company : Viscount Films Ltd.  Region : LONDON C-D,SOUTH EAST A-D

Lester Benson is an ex-con who manages the Small Faces. Fairclough, an ex-army Major turned safecracker, uses Benson to smuggle stolen diamonds out of the country via the pirate Radio London ship.

Some interesting background to the making of the film is featured at http://radiolondon.co.uk/rl/scrap60/fabforty/65fabs/april66/datelinediamonds.html

Screen captures uploaded by PB, who also provided many of the 'now' shots.

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Dateline Diamonds - The entrance to Harwich port. In the background  Major Fairclough (William Lucas) is just arriving in the white Volvo.
Dateline Diamonds

dd001. The entrance to Harwich port. In the background Major Fairclough (William Lucas) is just arriving in the white Volvo.

dd001n. Completely different now, of course. The railway tracks are in the same place, and the station (out of shot, left) provides a fixed reference.
(Modern Photo Added: 18-07-2014)

Dateline Diamonds - Fairclough gets out of his car. In the background we can see the houses at the end of Parkeston Road (right of shot), and houses in Harcourt Avenue/The Vineway (centre).
Dateline Diamonds

dd002. Fairclough gets out of his car. In the background we can see the houses at the end of Parkeston Road (right of shot), and houses in Harcourt Avenue/The Vineway (centre).

dd002n. The view now is almost totally obscured by shipping containers and trees, but the end of Parkeston Road is just visible to the right of this shot.
(Modern Photo Added: 18-07-2014)

Dateline Diamonds - The boat carrying the Small Faces and their manager heads out into the River Stour. Shotley Gate is visible on the far bank.
Dateline Diamonds

dd003. The boat carrying the Small Faces and their manager heads out into the River Stour. Shotley Gate is visible on the far bank.

Dateline Diamonds - Fairclough approaches the premises of Berg and Herz, diamond merchants, in Hatton Garden. Somewhere around 46/47/48 Hatton Garden, but difficult to pin down as there have been so many changes. A tip from John Tunstill leads me to a screen shot (spl023) from 'The Secret Place'. I'm sure this is the same premises that's visible in the right of that shot.
Dateline Diamonds

dd004. Fairclough approaches the premises of Berg and Herz, diamond merchants, in Hatton Garden. Somewhere around 46/47/48 Hatton Garden, but difficult to pin down as there have been so many changes. A tip from John Tunstill leads me to a screen shot (spl023) from 'The Secret Place'. I'm sure this is the same premises that's visible in the right of that shot.

dd004n. The dry cleaners is at number 46; the lamp post has clearly changed, and I'm not convinced it hasn't also moved. My best estimate at the moment is that Sienna Buildings, at number 47, is the spot.
(Modern Photo Added: 05-06-2014)

Dateline Diamonds - Whilst Fairclough is cracking the safe, Lester Benson/Arthur Gittins (Kenneth Cope) is driving around in the getaway car.
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dd005. Whilst Fairclough is cracking the safe, Lester Benson/Arthur Gittins (Kenneth Cope) is driving around in the getaway car.

dd005n. Further north on Hatton Garden.
(Modern Photo Added: 27-05-2014)

Dateline Diamonds - Benson stops to buy cigarettes from a machine.
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dd006. Benson stops to buy cigarettes from a machine.

dd006n. 44 Hatton Garden.
(Modern Photo Added: 27-05-2014)

Dateline Diamonds - Detective Tom Jenkins (Conrad Phillips) drives to work (from 'Deacon's Hill SW5'). Grey's Radio & TV, Fantos, Shirley, Woodhouse & Son, and Boots are visible in this and subsequent frames.
Dateline Diamonds

dd007. Detective Tom Jenkins (Conrad Phillips) drives to work (from 'Deacon's Hill SW5'). Grey's Radio & TV, Fantos, Shirley, Woodhouse & Son, and Boots are visible in this and subsequent frames.

dd007n. This is looking up Watford High Street. The old Grey's store, visible right of shot, is still there, now The End. Fantos to Boots have gone, replaced by part of the new Harlequin Centre.
(Modern Photo Added: 27-05-2014)

Dateline Diamonds - He arrives at the Police Station.
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dd008. He arrives at the Police Station.

dd008n. Watford Police Station, the police vehicles replaced on this occasion by no fewer than four National Grid vans.
(Modern Photo Added: 27-05-2014)

Dateline Diamonds - and parks at the side.
Dateline Diamonds

dd009. and parks at the side.

dd009n. Watford Police Station and the Magistrates Court. There are many more trees now.
(Modern Photo Added: 27-05-2014)

Dateline Diamonds - Jenkins and Paul Verlekt (George Mikell), armed with a sketch of their suspect, now embark on a tour of London, questioning random members of the public. Here is Tom Jenkins at Trafalgar Square.
Dateline Diamonds

dd010. Jenkins and Paul Verlekt (George Mikell), armed with a sketch of their suspect, now embark on a tour of London, questioning random members of the public. Here is Tom Jenkins at Trafalgar Square.

dd010n. Impossible to get the height, of course, but this is the same location today.
(Modern Photo Added: 27-05-2014)

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