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 - When they ask how business is, the Commissionaire (George Cross) retorts that he minds his own. Although the Gaumont Palace was used for the exterior shots of the Grand Cinema, interiors were filmed at the Odeon in Richmond.
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smshea011. When they ask how business is, the Commissionaire (George Cross) retorts that he minds his own. Although the Gaumont Palace was used for the exterior shots of the Grand Cinema, interiors were filmed at the Odeon in Richmond.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - After telling them that the Grand isn't the only cinema in town, Robin Carter (Leslie Phillips) takes Matt and Jean to the flea-pit that they have inherited. Iverson Road, London NW6 identified by Tony K.
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smshea012. After telling them that the Grand isn't the only cinema in town, Robin Carter (Leslie Phillips) takes Matt and Jean to the flea-pit that they have inherited. Iverson Road, London NW6 identified by Tony K.

smshea012n. Tony K also proves the location with this picture.
(Modern Photo Added: 07-02-2012)

Smallest Show on Earth, The - Matt asks Robin if his Uncle actually charged people to enter! Between the Great Central and Metropolitan Railways bridges on Christchurch Avenue, London NW5 located by Tony Kent.
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smshea013. Matt asks Robin if his Uncle actually charged people to enter! Between the Great Central and Metropolitan Railways bridges on Christchurch Avenue, London NW5 located by Tony Kent.

smshea013n. Tony Kent advises that the curved viaduct arch on the right was replaced sometime after the film was shot which is why the present day picture shows different construction. Image copyright Google Streetview.
(Modern Photo Added: 03-02-2012)

Smallest Show on Earth, The - When they fail to sell the cinema to Albert Hardcastle, owner of the Grand, Robin drives Matt and Jean back to the Bijou Kinema after they decide to bluff that they are preparing to open. A replica of the cinema was also constructed at Shepperton Studios for close-up shots and interior scenes.
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smshea014. When they fail to sell the cinema to Albert Hardcastle, owner of the Grand, Robin drives Matt and Jean back to the Bijou Kinema after they decide to bluff that they are preparing to open. A replica of the cinema was also constructed at Shepperton Studios for close-up shots and interior scenes.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - Trains rattle past as repairs are made to the run-down cinema. This bridge carries the former Great Central Railway's line from Marylebone station to Aylesbury and High Wycombe.
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smshea015. Trains rattle past as repairs are made to the run-down cinema. This bridge carries the former Great Central Railway's line from Marylebone station to Aylesbury and High Wycombe.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - Banners are put up to announce the reopening. Christchurch Avenue, next to Kilburn station.
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smshea016. Banners are put up to announce the reopening. Christchurch Avenue, next to Kilburn station.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - Hardcastle and his assistant Emmett drive past to see what's going on at the Bijou. Iverson Road in Kilburn NW6 identified by Tony K.
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smshea017. Hardcastle and his assistant Emmett drive past to see what's going on at the Bijou. Iverson Road in Kilburn NW6 identified by Tony K.

smshea017n. Tony K also provides the proof.
(Modern Photo Added: 07-02-2012)

Smallest Show on Earth, The - Emmett (Stringer Davis) remarks to Albert Hardcastle (Francis de Wolff) that it looks like the young couple really mean to open up the Bijou.
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smshea018. Emmett (Stringer Davis) remarks to Albert Hardcastle (Francis de Wolff) that it looks like the young couple really mean to open up the Bijou.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - Having overheard that Matt's scheme to open up the cinema is a bluff, Old Tom (Bernard Miles) wearily walks the streets.
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smshea019. Having overheard that Matt's scheme to open up the cinema is a bluff, Old Tom (Bernard Miles) wearily walks the streets.

Smallest Show on Earth, The - The old man enters a café where he grumbles about the Matts' plan to the Doorman of the Grand. Bernard Miles used to buy his sandwiches from JT's wife's shop in Carter Lane, near St Paul's Cathedral.
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smshea020. The old man enters a café where he grumbles about the Matts' plan to the Doorman of the Grand. Bernard Miles used to buy his sandwiches from JT's wife's shop in Carter Lane, near St Paul's Cathedral.

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