FILM : One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation)
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FILM / MOVIE TITLE DATE FILM STAR(S) WHO APPEAR IN THE LOCATION SCENES FILM / MOVIE LOCATIONS / SCENES
One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation) 1956 Anthony Richmond, Rodalind Gourgey, John Pike, Terry Cooke, Arthur Howard, Sam Costa London
Director : John Durst   Production Company : Realist Films  Region : LONDON O-Q

A young boy finds a magic marble that grants him any wish he wants. One day he wishes for a giant steam-roller, and it starts to trash London.

Greg provided these stills: owtm001, owtm003, owtm006, owtm007, owtm008, owtm009, owtm010. Denys kindly sent in owtm002, owtm004, owtm005, owtm011, but as we haven't a copy of the movie it is a little difficult to comment. More wonderfully detailed information is held on these sites:
http://www.britmovie.co.uk/forums/film-locations/28475-one-wish-too-many-1956-a.html http://www.kiddiematinee.com/1wish2many.html
East London and Barking in Essex seem to be the locations, with Market Square appearing, but the School......................ummmmmmm.
Perhaps Denys will send in the rest of the pics that he has grabbed so that we can load all those shots with external, architectural details and which contain an actor.
Greg discovered the real site of the school, and he lives a couple of thousand miles away. Now that is serious sleuthing!   And...... Paul Singleton says; The film was shot in Poplar, London E14. Today this is part of the area known as "Tower Hamlets" though that term would have been unknown at the time the film was made. The school used was at the time known as Cardinal Griffin RC Secondary Modern based in Canton St / Upper North St E14. It was a magnificent example of 1950's futurist architecture and conceived as part of the Lansbury Estate re-development after heavy WWII bombing (plus some in WWI also). The school used only became known as Blessed John Roache and St Phillip Howard post around 1972. I attended this school 1967-72 and as far as I can tell from the stills, it remained much the same during my years as it had in the 1950s when the film was made.

Jackie Scott tells us that the steam roller for this film was built on the Isle of Wight by her late father. The family have his original drawing and black and white photographs of it taken outside his workshop.

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We are always looking for more help with identifying these filming locations and would be grateful for any positive identifications, snippets or references you can offer about these movie making locations.
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One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation) -
One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation)

owtm011. 

One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation) - Another screen capture has been sent by Francis showing the boys being marched off following their rampage on a giant toy steam roller around London. Rotherhithe Street, London SE16, in the distance is St Mary's Church, Rotherhithe
One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation)

owtm012. Another screen capture has been sent by Francis showing the boys being marched off following their rampage on a giant toy steam roller around London. Rotherhithe Street, London SE16, in the distance is St Mary's Church, Rotherhithe

owtm012n. And Francis provides the "now" with added tree cover. (RL)
(Modern Photo Added: 19-10-2016)

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