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    Upstairs and Downstairs (1959) was filmed at Pinewood, and they didn't go quite as far as Wales to get to the Llandogo Garage:

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    The famous front entrance to Pinewood.
    Last edited by Gerald Lovell; 5th January 2018, 03:16 PM.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Gerald Lovell View Post

    The famous front entrance to Pinewood.
    The lovely Natacha and I stopped off there when we went to see Scorsese making Hugo in 2010



    The actual entrance is now down the road through the new entrance

    Steve

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    • #3
      It’s not the Pinewood Studios double lodge entrance, but rather the garage that stood acroos the road until about ten years ago. Now replaced by housing called Bond Close.

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      • #4
        Interestingly the name Llandogo Garage was used for a building (well a set anyway) in League Of Gentlemen (1960), supposedly somewhere in London. Curious co-incidence or was the sign resurrected from the props department for this film?

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        • #5
          Interestingly the name Llandogo Garage was used for a building (well a set anyway) in League Of Gentlemen (1960), supposedly somewhere in London. Curious co-incidence or was the sign resurrected from the props department for this film?
          The film was made in part at Pinewood, and we know that they used a painting from another film in it, so reused props sounds like a decent guess. Filming is make believe, but props cost money!

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          • alan gowdy
            alan gowdy commented
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            Yes L.O.G was indeed based at Pinewood and location work rarely strayed more than two or three miles from the gate. I imagine they were on a very tight budget. Still puzzled by their use of 'Llandogo' though - maybe was an in-joke.

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          Here's the sign at the entrance to the garage in Upstairs and Downstairs:

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          And the scene from The League of Gentlemen to which Alan refers:

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          As both films were made at Pinewood, I would agree it was simply the economical use of an existing sign. I suspect Upstairs and Downstairs was made first as there is a plot reason for that part of the film being set in Wales. On the DVD commentary for Gentlemen, Bryan Forbes makes no reference to an in-joke . . . and in fact he couldn't remember the scene at all!

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          • #7
            Originally posted by Gerald Lovell View Post
            Here's the sign at the entrance to the garage in Upstairs and Downstairs:

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            And the scene from The League of Gentlemen to which Alan refers:

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            As both films were made at Pinewood, I would agree it was simply the economical use of an existing sign. I suspect Upstairs and Downstairs was made first as there is a plot reason for that part of the film being set in Wales. On the DVD commentary for Gentlemen, Bryan Forbes makes no reference to an in-joke . . . and in fact he couldn't remember the scene at all!
            A case of 'here's one I made earlier' !!

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