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.

Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation) - The children climb aboard the steamroller and set off through the streets. This is possibly Canon Beck Road with the Duke of Clarence public house on the extreme left.
One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation)

owtm031. The children climb aboard the steamroller and set off through the streets. This is possibly Canon Beck Road with the Duke of Clarence public house on the extreme left.

owtm031n. In fairness, having seen many old photos of the area, a lot of the poorly constructed buildings did need to be demolished and replaced. (PW)
(Modern Photo Added: 01-11-2017)

One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation) - A pan follows the massive toy road roller. Again, likely to be Canon Beck Road with one of the holders of Rotherhithe Gasworks visible through a gap in the ruined buildings.
One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation)

owtm031a. A pan follows the massive toy road roller. Again, likely to be Canon Beck Road with one of the holders of Rotherhithe Gasworks visible through a gap in the ruined buildings.

owtm031an. Buildings now prevent a view of the gasometer, so this is taken from the entrance to Clifton Place.
(Modern Photo Added: 01-11-2017)

One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation) - Mrs. Brown (Bay White) appears and is shocked to see her son and his friends riding on the huge toy.
One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation)

owtm032. Mrs. Brown (Bay White) appears and is shocked to see her son and his friends riding on the huge toy.

One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation) - Discovering that they cannot stop the steamroller, the children are carried away. Looking north-east on Albion Street facing the junction of Swan Road with the Lord Nelson public house and properties on Canon Beck Road in the distance. Pine House is seen under construction on the left.
One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation)

owtm033. Discovering that they cannot stop the steamroller, the children are carried away. Looking north-east on Albion Street facing the junction of Swan Road with the Lord Nelson public house and properties on Canon Beck Road in the distance. Pine House is seen under construction on the left.

owtm033n. Pine House was completed and still stands. (PW)
(Modern Photo Added: 01-11-2017)

One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation) - Trying to wish the roller to stop, Peter drops the marble and it is crushed by the roller. Neston Street in Rotherhithe with houses that still stand on Brunel Road in the distance.
One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation)

owtm034. Trying to wish the roller to stop, Peter drops the marble and it is crushed by the roller. Neston Street in Rotherhithe with houses that still stand on Brunel Road in the distance.

owtm034n. The line of the street is now occupied by Clifton Place. (PW)
(Modern Photo Added: 01-11-2017)

One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation) - A reprise of Neston Street with houses that still stand on Brunel Road in the distance.
One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation)

owtm034a. A reprise of Neston Street with houses that still stand on Brunel Road in the distance.

owtm034an. And these are the distant houses. (PW)
(Modern Photo Added: 01-11-2017)

One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation) - Peter's mother and Mr. Pomfrett stop in their tracks when the steamroller reverses direction.
One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation)

owtm035. Peter's mother and Mr. Pomfrett stop in their tracks when the steamroller reverses direction.

One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation) - The roller reverses again to head towards Mr. Pomfrett and Mrs. Brown once more. The northern extremity of Ainsty Street SE16 with the Malthouse granary in the background and a doorway of St. Mary’s Institute to the right.
One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation)

owtm035a. The roller reverses again to head towards Mr. Pomfrett and Mrs. Brown once more. The northern extremity of Ainsty Street SE16 with the Malthouse granary in the background and a doorway of St. Mary’s Institute to the right.

owtm035an. The former location of the short length of road. (PW)
(Modern Photo Added: 01-11-2017)

One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation) - The Schoolmaster and Mrs. Brown turn to run from the roller's path again. Rotherhithe Street in SE16 with The Mayflower public house to the right of centre and St. Mary's Church on the corner of St. Marychurch Street on the extreme left.
One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation)

owtm036. The Schoolmaster and Mrs. Brown turn to run from the roller's path again. Rotherhithe Street in SE16 with The Mayflower public house to the right of centre and St. Mary's Church on the corner of St. Marychurch Street on the extreme left.

owtm036n. It's disheartening to find scaffolding around buildings when we arrive to take comparison shots . . . but luckily, the pub was still open. (PW)
(Modern Photo Added: 01-11-2017)

One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation) - Miss Mint appears, shouting at her niece. Looking towards Canon Beck Road from Albion Street with the Lord Nelson to the right. The corners of the narrow Ainsty Street can be seen either side of the road.
One Wish Too Many (Children's Film Foundation)

owtm037. Miss Mint appears, shouting at her niece. Looking towards Canon Beck Road from Albion Street with the Lord Nelson to the right. The corners of the narrow Ainsty Street can be seen either side of the road.

owtm037n. Remarkably similar . . . except that the Lord Nelson closed and was converted, rather well, into residential accommodation during the 2010s. (PW)
(Modern Photo Added: 01-11-2017)

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