FILM : Hell is a City
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FILM / MOVIE TITLE DATE FILM STAR(S) WHO APPEAR IN THE LOCATION SCENES FILM / MOVIE LOCATIONS / SCENES
Hell is a City 1960 Stanley Baker, John Crawford, Donald Pleasence, Billie Whitelaw, Maxine Audley Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire
Director : Val Guest   Production Company : Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC), Hammer  Region : NORTH

A committed police inspector searches for a local criminal in Manchester and is soon investigating a murder committed during a violent street robbery.

Screen shots and uncredited now images uploaded by Phil Wilkinson.

Many of the locations in this excellent British crime thriller have previously been identified by third parties as detailed in the captions.

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Hell is a City - Inspector Harry Martineau (Stanley Baker) is met by Detective Devery (Geoffrey Frederick) after another long day at work.
Hell is a City

helci001. Inspector Harry Martineau (Stanley Baker) is met by Detective Devery (Geoffrey Frederick) after another long day at work.

helci001n. Same street, different building. Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester. After I took this shot and was checking notes, a voice behind me said 'Hell is a City'. It was the gent approaching to the right of the two in the picture - who knew the reason why anyone would be taking a photo of a wall!
(Modern Photo Added: 20-05-2013)

Hell is a City - The two make their way to the fictional Lacy Arms for a drink. Cromford Court off Corporation Street. The area has been redeveloped.
Hell is a City

helci002. The two make their way to the fictional Lacy Arms for a drink. Cromford Court off Corporation Street. The area has been redeveloped.

helci002n. A picture of the pub, The Fatted Calf, from the same era, without it's false signage. This image is used courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council, who retain the copyright.
(Modern Photo Added: 20-05-2013)

Hell is a City - Publican Doug Savage (George A. Cooper) serves a customer as Martineau and Devery enter the bar.
Hell is a City

helci003. Publican Doug Savage (George A. Cooper) serves a customer as Martineau and Devery enter the bar.

Hell is a City - The Inspector is driven home from the pub. Crompton Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester.
Hell is a City

helci004. The Inspector is driven home from the pub. Crompton Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester.

helci004n. James Cochrane visited the same location over 55 years after filming.
(Modern Photo Added: 10-09-2016)

Hell is a City - Martineau lets himself into the house where his Wife is waiting for him to return. Crompton Street, Oldham.
Hell is a City

helci005. Martineau lets himself into the house where his Wife is waiting for him to return. Crompton Street, Oldham.

helci005n. A closer view of the terrace now. Picture by James Cochrane.
(Modern Photo Added: 10-09-2016)

Hell is a City - Escaped convict Don Starling has planned a robbery to take place in the film's Higgitts Passage, played by Cromford Court on Corporation Street.
Hell is a City

helci006. Escaped convict Don Starling has planned a robbery to take place in the film's Higgitts Passage, played by Cromford Court on Corporation Street.

helci006n. Malcolm advises that the approximate location is currently a Pizza Hut so here it is.
(Modern Photo Added: 20-05-2013)

Hell is a City - Tawny Jakes drives a van to Higgitts Passage in preparation for the robbery.
Hell is a City

helci007. Tawny Jakes drives a van to Higgitts Passage in preparation for the robbery.

helci007n. Facing north on Corporation Street, Manchester with Long Millgate running to the left in the background. The area is now known as The Triangle.
(Modern Photo Added: 20-05-2013)

Hell is a City - The van is driven along the narrow alley.
Hell is a City

helci008. The van is driven along the narrow alley.

helci008n. A longer shot of the location.
(Modern Photo Added: 20-05-2013)

Hell is a City - Raymond Kemp advises that
Hell is a City

helci009. Raymond Kemp advises that "Kemps was at 10 Corporation Street. This shot is of the back street to the rear of the premises and I remember opening up at night for the film crew. The area has since been demolished and is now part of the Arndale Centre!"

Hell is a City - Tawny Jakes (Joby Blanshard) positions the van. Cromford Court. The narrow street gave it's name to the now demolished apartment scheme on top of the Arndale Centre.
Hell is a City

helci010. Tawny Jakes (Joby Blanshard) positions the van. Cromford Court. The narrow street gave it's name to the now demolished apartment scheme on top of the Arndale Centre.

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