Director : C.M. Pennington-Richards Production Company : George H. Brown Productions Region : SOUTH EAST A-D
When newly weds Jack and Peggy face eviction, they are tricked into buying a run down houseboat. After rebuilding the engine, they take their friends Sid and Sandra, on a local trip down the river to Folkestone, but somehow they end up in France, and with no fuel and supplies, they resort to desperate actions to get back home.
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db001. Jack and Peggy arrive to view the houseboat.
db001n. Actually heading east along Hampton Court Road, near Twickenham. Not much change in fifty years. Robin Brooks. (Modern Photo Added: 19-04-2011)
db002. They drive across the bridge to "Christmas Island".
db002n. In reality, this was the old Bailey bridge access to Tagg's Island on the Thames below Hampton Court. A replacement was built after it collapsed in 1965, but by 1978 this too was considered unsafe, and vehicles were forbidden to use it. It was finally pulled down and rebuilt 80m upstream in 1982. A section of the ramp from the original bridge still exists on the opposite bank, allowing this spot to be pinpointed. See db003n. Robin Brooks. (Modern Photo Added: 19-04-2011)
db003. The car park on the island.
db003n. Tagg's Island has been hugely redeveloped as a residential area for houseboats, including the construction of a lagoon in the middle. The former car park is now a rabbit warren of hedges, lanes, trees and boats, making comparison shots almost impossible. All that remains is a section of concrete ramp from the original bridge, which is visible over the left shoulder of the cyclist. Robin Brooks. (Modern Photo Added: 19-04-2011)
db004a. Would you buy a houseboat off this man?
db004an. Taken over a hedge, it is the same row of houses in the background. Robin Brooks. (Modern Photo Added: 19-04-2011)
db004b. Wider shot shows more of the houses in db004an.
db005. Jack meets Sid to downsize his Bentley for a Bubble Car.
db005n. The cars are parked outside the St Margarets pub in St Margarets Road, Twickenham. The junction with Crown Road is in the background. This is directly opposite the entrance to the film studios. Spotted by Angela Shrieves. (Modern Photo Added: 20-04-2011)
db005a. Jack's garage next to the pub.
db005an. Both wall and gate have been replaced. Robin Brooks. (Modern Photo Added: 06-05-2011)
db006. Negotiations continue....
db006n. Looking the other way on St Margarets Road. Robin Brooks. (Modern Photo Added: 19-04-2011)
db007. Sid and Jack look over the Bubble Car.
db007n. This angle is looking up St Margarets Road. The two white buildings have gone, but the others remain. The blue sign welcomes visitors to Twickenham Studios. Spotted by Angela Shrieves. (Modern Photo Added: 19-04-2011)
db008. Jack tries the engine.
db008n. The same angle now. Angela Shrieves. (Modern Photo Added: 19-04-2011)