FILM : Magic Box, The
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FILM / MOVIE TITLE DATE FILM STAR(S) WHO APPEAR IN THE LOCATION SCENES FILM / MOVIE LOCATIONS / SCENES
Magic Box, The 1951 Robert Donat, Margaret Johnston, Renée Asherson, Maria Schell, Richard Attenborough, Robert Beatty Hertfordshire, London, Wiltshire
Director : John Boulting   Production Company : Festival Film Productions  Region : LONDON M-N,SOUTH EAST M-Q,SOUTH WEST

The story of William Friese-Greene, a British inventor who was a forerunner in the invention of the movie camera.

Screen shots uploaded by Phil Wilkinson

The film was a project of the The Festival of Britain.

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The Magic Box [DVD]

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Magic Box, The - During the titles, An elderly William Friese-Greene (Robert Donat) walks along the street to visit his estranged wife at the Bridge Hotel. Unknown location.
Magic Box, The

magbo001. During the titles, An elderly William Friese-Greene (Robert Donat) walks along the street to visit his estranged wife at the Bridge Hotel. Unknown location.

Magic Box, The - William clutches his latest experiments in a film can as he walks.
Magic Box, The

magbo002. William clutches his latest experiments in a film can as he walks.

Magic Box, The - William Friese-Greene enters the Bridge Hotel. An unidentified location and also an unidentified actor. The film boasts cameos by over 60 actors of the day but nowhere is the organ grinder mentioned. Is it Alec Guinness as mentioned by Sir Gerald Barry, Director General of the Festival of Britain? Or isn't it - IMDB suggests that 'according to Ronald Neame in his memoirs, Alec Guinness was the only actor to refuse a role in this'.
Magic Box, The

magbo003. William Friese-Greene enters the Bridge Hotel. An unidentified location and also an unidentified actor. The film boasts cameos by over 60 actors of the day but nowhere is the organ grinder mentioned. Is it Alec Guinness as mentioned by Sir Gerald Barry, Director General of the Festival of Britain? Or isn't it - IMDB suggests that 'according to Ronald Neame in his memoirs, Alec Guinness was the only actor to refuse a role in this'.

Magic Box, The - In flashback, Edith Friese-Greene reminisces about meeting William. Unidentified location.
Magic Box, The

magbo004. In flashback, Edith Friese-Greene reminisces about meeting William. Unidentified location.

Magic Box, The - Edith Friese-Greene (Margaret Johnston) returns home.  Alexander Smith identifies this location as Church Crescent, London N10 . . .
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magbo005. Edith Friese-Greene (Margaret Johnston) returns home. Alexander Smith identifies this location as Church Crescent, London N10 . . .

magbo005n. . . . . and also provides this image.
(Modern Photo Added: 05-03-2014)

Magic Box, The - The Milkman tries to collect money from the ever penniless Friese-Greenes.
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magbo006. The Milkman tries to collect money from the ever penniless Friese-Greenes.

magbo006n. Despite the differences in front doors, Alexander Smith found the correct house at 25 Church Crescent, Muswell Hill.
(Modern Photo Added: 05-03-2014)

Magic Box, The - During the First World War, the Friese-Greene boys run to watch soldiers march past. Unconfirmed location.
Magic Box, The

magbo007. During the First World War, the Friese-Greene boys run to watch soldiers march past. Unconfirmed location.

Magic Box, The - Other boys in the street come out of their houses to see the troops.  Church Crescent in N10 identified by Alexander.
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magbo008. Other boys in the street come out of their houses to see the troops. Church Crescent in N10 identified by Alexander.

magbo008n. No 40 Church Crescent to the right by Alexander Smith.
(Modern Photo Added: 07-03-2014)

Magic Box, The - A band leads marching soldiers through the streets. Alexander Smith found Church Crescent in Muswell Hill, where the road bends 90 degrees. The house on the left is no 24.
Magic Box, The

magbo009. A band leads marching soldiers through the streets. Alexander Smith found Church Crescent in Muswell Hill, where the road bends 90 degrees. The house on the left is no 24.

magbo009n. And Alexander provided this picture.
(Modern Photo Added: 05-03-2014)

Magic Box, The - The band, followed by new recruits, marches past the Friese-Greenes home. Church Crescent in Muswell Hill.
Magic Box, The

magbo010. The band, followed by new recruits, marches past the Friese-Greenes home. Church Crescent in Muswell Hill.

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