FILM : Smallest Show on Earth, The
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Smallest Show on Earth, The 1957 Basil Dearden, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, Margaret Rutherford, Peter Sellers, Leslie Phillips, Bernard Miles London
Director : Basil Dearden   Production Company : British Lion Films  Region : LONDON R-S

Bernard Miles used to buy his sandwiches when he was the director of the Mermaid Theatre, from my wife's shop in Carter Lane, near St Paul's Cathedral, there I go, rambling off again. Minor funny fantasy about a tiny cinema 'The Bijou' squeezed into and between two railway bridges outside Kilburn Underground station in North West London, according to Tony Reeves in his book, London Movie Locations.

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Smallest Show on Earth, The - A station . . . which Jon Horswell believes could be Uxbridge Vine Street, as the station also appears at the end of the film.
Smallest Show on Earth, The

sh001. A station . . . which Jon Horswell believes could be Uxbridge Vine Street, as the station also appears at the end of the film.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - A cinema, but which, and where. Outside the Gaumont Palace/Odeon/Apollo Hammersmith, London ~ David Freeman. Although Steve Smith wonders if it is outside Earl's Court?
Barry Lafbery  further confirms the identification in sh002a as he used to
Smallest Show on Earth, The

sh002. A cinema, but which, and where. Outside the Gaumont Palace/Odeon/Apollo Hammersmith, London ~ David Freeman. Although Steve Smith wonders if it is outside Earl's Court? Barry Lafbery further confirms the identification in sh002a as he used to "go there all the time" when he was a young lad. (RL)

sh002n. I lean more towards W6 than SW5 but this does seem to have a smaller canopy. No worries about the Hammersmith flyover which has only been up since 1961, after shooting. SJ
(Modern Photo Added: 10-05-2011)

Smallest Show on Earth, The - In an effort to resolve the location question Patrick Brown suggested that if the definition of sm002 could be improved to reveal busses and trolly bus wires it would be Hammersmith for certain. Frames either side of 002 do reveal them quite clearly. In addition, Earls Court has only five windows whereas Hammersmith has many more. This further grab shows the side of a building with chimney to the left of the Apollo.
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sh002a. In an effort to resolve the location question Patrick Brown suggested that if the definition of sm002 could be improved to reveal busses and trolly bus wires it would be Hammersmith for certain. Frames either side of 002 do reveal them quite clearly. In addition, Earls Court has only five windows whereas Hammersmith has many more. This further grab shows the side of a building with chimney to the left of the Apollo.

sh002an. This shot, courtesy of Trip Advisor UK taken from almost the same angle reveals the same building to the side without an advertising hoarding. (RL)
(Modern Photo Added: 06-10-2014)

Smallest Show on Earth, The - Iveson Road, Tony K.  No actors but good establishing shot.
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sh003. Iveson Road, Tony K. No actors but good establishing shot.

shoo3n. Spot on. Tony K.
(Modern Photo Added: 07-02-2012)

Smallest Show on Earth, The - Establishing shot, Iverson Road, London, Tony K.
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sh003a. Establishing shot, Iverson Road, London, Tony K.

sh003an. Tony K's photo.
(Modern Photo Added: 07-02-2012)

Smallest Show on Earth, The - A set or facade squeezed between the bridges at Kilburn.
Smallest Show on Earth, The

sh004. A set or facade squeezed between the bridges at Kilburn.

sh004n. The curved viaduct arch on the right was replaced sometime after the film was shot. Therefore the present day picture shows a flat bridge. Tony Kent. Christchurch Ave, London, NW5.
(Modern Photo Added: 03-02-2012)

Smallest Show on Earth, The - Outside Kilburn Underground station.
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sh005. Outside Kilburn Underground station.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - A man and a bike, somewhere.
Smallest Show on Earth, The

sh006. A man and a bike, somewhere.

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