FILM : Violent Playground
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FILM / MOVIE TITLE DATE FILM STAR(S) WHO APPEAR IN THE LOCATION SCENES FILM / MOVIE LOCATIONS / SCENES
Violent Playground 1958 Stanley Baker, Anne Heywood, David McCallum, Peter Cushing, John Slater Liverpool & London
Director : Basil Dearden   Production Company : Rank Organisation  Region : LONDON T-Z,NORTH

A Liverpool street gang, bossed by Rock n' Roll hoodlum - Johnny (David McCallum) at odds with Stanley Baker a police juvenile liason officer, who is also in love with the gang leaders sister (Anne Heywood).

Stills and now images by John Owens: The film is mainly shot around the 'Gerard Garden' flats and surrounding streets - both of which were demolished in the 1980s - which makes 'now' shots difficult. But the use of the "Liverpool" church in vp012 is the fourth use of this remarkable building. Strange, curious co-incidence or deliberate inclusion for more sinister motives. The Cinema of Darkness explores some of the possibilities.

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Violent Playground (Digitally Remastered) [DVD]

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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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Violent Playground - Stanley Baker and kids walking towards Gerard Gardens.
Violent Playground

vp008. Stanley Baker and kids walking towards Gerard Gardens.

Violent Playground - The 'Scotland Road' school.
Violent Playground

vp009. The 'Scotland Road' school.

vp009n. This is actually St Mary's and St Michael's school in Sutton Street, London.
(Modern Photo Added: 26-08-2010)

Violent Playground - Anne Heywood outside Stanley Hospital in Stanley Road Liverpool.
Violent Playground

vp010. Anne Heywood outside Stanley Hospital in Stanley Road Liverpool.

vp010n. Stanley Hospital has gone - but the shop building at the corner of Fountains road is still there (had to take this from a slightly different angle due to trees). John Owens.
(Modern Photo Added: 01-07-2010)

Violent Playground - View of shops on the opposite side of Stanley Road.
Violent Playground

vp011. View of shops on the opposite side of Stanley Road.

vp011n. Same row of shops today - the Post Office and pillar box are still there - copyright Google Streetview.
(Modern Photo Added: 26-08-2010)

Violent Playground - Anne Heywood approaching the church.
Violent Playground

vp012. Anne Heywood approaching the church.

vp012n. The church is St Mary's in Rowington Close Paddington London - the same church was used in 'The Blue Lamp' and other films. - photo copyright Google Streetview.
(Modern Photo Added: 26-08-2010)

Violent Playground - Anne Heywood and Peter Cushing at the church entrance.
Violent Playground

vp013. Anne Heywood and Peter Cushing at the church entrance.

vp013n. See vp012n. And see Cinema of Darkness for the possiblility of an unpleasant association with this location and a very overused one in Hammersmith.
(Modern Photo Added: 31-01-2011)

Violent Playground - Open air market...., I believe this would've been Paddy's Market which has been running from Victorian times until this day. Great Homer Street, Liverpool, near to the Scottie Road and very close to the rest of the filming locations at Gerard Gardens, reports Carol Jones (SJ)
Violent Playground

vp014. Open air market...., I believe this would've been Paddy's Market which has been running from Victorian times until this day. Great Homer Street, Liverpool, near to the Scottie Road and very close to the rest of the filming locations at Gerard Gardens, reports Carol Jones (SJ)

Violent Playground - The building in the background is St Anne's school in Christian Street.
Violent Playground

vp015. The building in the background is St Anne's school in Christian Street.

vp015n. Buildings in this area have been demolished but this photo shows the school.Photo from Liverpool Record Office, courtesy of Ged Fagan and his website www.inacityliving.piczo.com.
(Modern Photo Added: 26-08-2010)

Violent Playground - Kelly's Directory shows 'Cassons Temperance Hotel' at 19 Lord Nelson Street.
Violent Playground

vp016. Kelly's Directory shows 'Cassons Temperance Hotel' at 19 Lord Nelson Street.

vp016n. The building is still there - now a private residence. Snapped by John Owens.
(Modern Photo Added: 01-07-2010)

Violent Playground - Entrance to the Hotel.
Violent Playground

vp017. Entrance to the Hotel.

vp017n. A close up of vp003n. John Owens.
(Modern Photo Added: 01-07-2010)

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