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, Middlesex, Staffordshire
Director : Basil Dearden   Production Company : British Lion Films  Region : LONDON R-S,SOUTH EAST R-Z,MIDLANDS

A young couple inherit a decrepit, debt-ridden cinema and it's elderly, eccentric staff.

Replacement screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

Also known as 'Big Time Operators' (US Title)

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Smallest Show on Earth, The - Beneath the titles a Post Van brings a letter for author Matt Spenser. Holly Hill NW3 with Holly Bush Hill to the left and Holly Mount in the right background.
Smallest Show on Earth, The

smshea001. Beneath the titles a Post Van brings a letter for author Matt Spenser. Holly Hill NW3 with Holly Bush Hill to the left and Holly Mount in the right background.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - The Post Van turns into the driveway of a large house. This is Mount Vernon in Hampstead. The area appears in 'The Collector', 'The Killing of Sister George' and 'For Them That Trespass'.
Smallest Show on Earth, The

smshea002. The Post Van turns into the driveway of a large house. This is Mount Vernon in Hampstead. The area appears in 'The Collector', 'The Killing of Sister George' and 'For Them That Trespass'.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - Jean Spenser (Virginia McKenna) comes out of her apartment to take the letter from the Postman. Looking back towards Frognal Rise and Windmill Hill.
Smallest Show on Earth, The

smshea003. Jean Spenser (Virginia McKenna) comes out of her apartment to take the letter from the Postman. Looking back towards Frognal Rise and Windmill Hill.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - Having been contacted by Simpson, Carter and Son Solicitors, Matt and Jean make their way to Sloughborough in Workshire to find out what Great Uncle Simon has bequeathed to them. Bottle kilns in far right distance could identify this as Longton in the Potteries of Staffordshire as suggested by Wikipedia.
Smallest Show on Earth, The

smshea004. Having been contacted by Simpson, Carter and Son Solicitors, Matt and Jean make their way to Sloughborough in Workshire to find out what Great Uncle Simon has bequeathed to them. Bottle kilns in far right distance could identify this as Longton in the Potteries of Staffordshire as suggested by Wikipedia.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - After drinking wine and brandy on the journey, Matt Spenser (Bill Travers) and his wife Jean alight in Sloughborough. Jon Horswell identifies this as Uxbridge Vine Street which stood, unsurprisingly, on Vine Street in Uxbridge, Middlesex.
Smallest Show on Earth, The

smshea005. After drinking wine and brandy on the journey, Matt Spenser (Bill Travers) and his wife Jean alight in Sloughborough. Jon Horswell identifies this as Uxbridge Vine Street which stood, unsurprisingly, on Vine Street in Uxbridge, Middlesex.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - The couple notice a ghastly smell which they soon learn is from the local glue factory. The terminus stood at the end of a branch line from West Drayton and closed to passengers in 1962.
Smallest Show on Earth, The

smshea006. The couple notice a ghastly smell which they soon learn is from the local glue factory. The terminus stood at the end of a branch line from West Drayton and closed to passengers in 1962.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - A Cabbie continues eating as he struggles to close the door of his taxi after Matt and Jean climb in.
Smallest Show on Earth, The

smshea007. A Cabbie continues eating as he struggles to close the door of his taxi after Matt and Jean climb in.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - The Spensers are driven to the offices of Simpson, Carter and Son. A second unit shot taken in Longton, Staffordshire.
Smallest Show on Earth, The

smshea008. The Spensers are driven to the offices of Simpson, Carter and Son. A second unit shot taken in Longton, Staffordshire.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - On the journey, the Grand cinema is seen and the couple are told that it's the only picture house in town. A matted shot of the Gaumont Palace on Queen Caroline Street W6, subsequently renamed the Hammersmith Odeon and now called the Hammersmith Apollo.
Smallest Show on Earth, The

smshea009. On the journey, the Grand cinema is seen and the couple are told that it's the only picture house in town. A matted shot of the Gaumont Palace on Queen Caroline Street W6, subsequently renamed the Hammersmith Odeon and now called the Hammersmith Apollo.

smshea009n. To replace the Trip Advisor UK shot and still revealing the same building to the side, but without an advertising hoarding. (RL)
(Modern Photo Added: 23-11-2017)

Smallest Show on Earth, The - Telling the Cabbie to stop, the two excitedly get out of the taxi. Outside the Gaumont Palace in Hammersmith, identified by David Freeman and confirmed by Barry Lafbery.
Smallest Show on Earth, The

smshea010. Telling the Cabbie to stop, the two excitedly get out of the taxi. Outside the Gaumont Palace in Hammersmith, identified by David Freeman and confirmed by Barry Lafbery.

smshea010n. No doubt about the Hammersmith flyover which has only been up since 1961, four years after shooting. SJ
(Modern Photo Added: 10-05-2011)

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