A 1950 British Police Drama, Filmed in and Around Ladbroke Grove.
It was directed by Basil Dearden It starred Jack Warner as PC Dixon, Jimmy Hanley PC Mitchell and Dirk Bogarde as a hardened criminal.
Blue Lamps were traditionally hung outside British police stations and is where the Film gets its name from.
Well before Savage’s time, The inspiration for the Blue Lamp came TV series Dixon of Dock Green 1955-76. Jack Warner continued to play PC Dixon until he was 80 years old despite being murdered in the Blue Lamp!
The film follows a simple moral structure screenplay written by T.E.B Clarke in which the police are the true and decent bunch in society, battling the disorganised crime of a few unruly youths.
The original blue lamp was transferred to the new Paddington Green Police Station. The lamp is still outside the front of the station. Most of the locations around the police station are either gone or look completely different. Check out Ep065 with Tom Vague who hosts The Colville Forum.
If you would like to see a reproduction of the blue lamp, visit The police station’s entrance at 325 Harrow Road. The coliseum at 324 Harrow Road which can also be seen on the film is not far away.
Streets used or seen
Harrow Road W2/W9
Bishop’s Bridge Road W2
Westbourne Terrace Bridge Road W9
Senior Street W2
Ladbroke Grove W10
Portobello Road W11
Sterne Street W12
Hythe Road NW10.
The chase on foot into Wood Lane and then to the White City Dog Track (Stadium) is worth watching. Before the BBC built upon it in the 80’s, I think Savage was just old enough to remember it!?
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