Director : Vernon Sewell Production Company : Merton Park Studios. Region : LONDON T-Z,SOUTH EAST R-Z
A security guard is murdered during a mail-van robbery and one of the van crew overhears the killer’s name: Angelo. Before the murderer can phone his boss to confirm that the job has been successfully accomplished, the elderly Miss Crystal mistakenly dials the same number and hears a girl ask it is Angelo speaking. The next day, seeing the newspaper headlines, Miss Crystal realises that she may have a valuable clue, but can she remember the incorrect number she dialled?
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wronum001. The film starts with, presumably, a stock shot of an express train passing through a station. Lightened to assist any railway buffs. Peter Brown recognised this as "stolen" footage from the opening of "Brief Encounter", a Stanier 'Coronation' streamliner followed by a 'Royal Scot' Class steaming in the opposite direction through Carnforth. See March 2017 Blog for "discussion" regarding location.
wronum002. After Maria (Lisa Gastoni) swaps a filled mail bag for a false one in the guards compartment of the train the scene moves to her home and that of Dr Pole (Peter Elliott) No 8 at an Unknown location.
wronum003. The gang agree to another robbery and the targeted mail van is speeding on its way. The Broadway, Wimbledon with the van passing what was Victoria Crescent. Now heavily re-developed.
wronum003n. A daytime shot of the re-developed scene. (Modern Photo Added: 23-02-2017)
wronum004. The Post Office van stops as a “drunken cyclist” stops their path. Near to Moly’s Café if you have Kelly’s. Peter Brown, didn't need Kelly's, this is Kingston Road, Merton facing The Rush (which was just opposite to entrance to Merton Park Studios) and what is now Nelson Health Centre. At the time of filming it was the Nelson Hospital an appropriate picture of which can be seen on Lost Hospital of London (http://ezitis.myzen.co.uk/nelson.html). Peter also points out that it is only a few yards from the café seen in "The Dark Man".
wronum005. Having “jumped” the van whilst they stopped for the “drunk” the gang take control of the van’s drivers. The Broadway, Wimbledon with the Public Toilets in the middle of the road.
wroum005n. The toilets have since been “flushed” away in the re-development. (Modern Photo Added: 23-02-2017)
wronum006. Further capture for historic purposes.
wronum06n. And now. (Modern Photo Added: 23-02-2017)
wronum007. Having forced the van to stop they escape with the one mail bag that they are after and the scene switches to the home of Miss Crystal (Olive Sloane).
wronum007n. Paultons Square, London SW3 (RL) (Modern Photo Added: 26-06-2017)
wronum008. With the death of one of the Post Office workers the importance of Miss Crystal dialling a wrong number and hearing the name “Angelo” becomes significant and attention returns to her. Another view of her home to aid location. Those curved windows are very distinctive.
wronum008n. In the end it was the curved windows that came to my rescue, Paultons Square, London SW3 The reason why some angles are not quite right is clearly evident. (RL) (Modern Photo Added: 26-06-2017)
wronum009. Miss Crystal opens her door to collect the morning newspaper.
wronum009n. In fact 51 Paultons Square, London SW3 (RL) (Modern Photo Added: 26-06-2017)
wronum010. She telephones the Police with her “valuable information”. Scotland Yard, Victoria Embankment, London SW1
wronum010n. Fortunately some things remain the same. (Modern Photo Added: 23-02-2017)