Bonnie Prince Charlie 1948 and Last Days of Denham Film Studios

 

Any film made at the legendary Denham  Film Studios is likely to be dear to my heart, as to me that location  epitomises all that is best in British Films.  Denham had been built by Alexander Korda on a scale that put it far larger than any studio in England or Europe – and certainly on a par with the Hollywood ones.

However surprisingly to me, even though this was very much a Korda picture, this film was made at Shepperton – and on location in the Scottish Highlands

This could be explained now I think of it,  because the studios had changed hands in 1945 when Sir Alexander Korda purchased British Lion Films, giving him a controlling interest in  Shepperton Studios

Maybe if this film had been made at Denham it would have fared better - that seems an illogical statement but you just never know.

David Niven said that throughout the filming there was never a finished script and it seemed to be just made up as they went along – as though this were a reason for its lack of early success – but when I think about it, only a few years earlier in Hollywood, that is exactly how things went during the filming of Casablanca – and look how that turned out

 

No – David Niven was just looking for excuses – and that seems a lame one to me

 

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David Niven as Bonnie Prince Charlie – in my book woefully mis-cast

 

Bonnie Prince Charlie 1948

 

I just love these Studio scenes

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 Another posed still – again in the Studio – Margaret Leighton as Flora McDonald

 

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This is another great set and so realistic – I do have another similar picture showing this film set. Very Impressive.

Denham Film Studios – someone who had worked there much of his working life – BELOW

Denham Film Studios

Herbert Smith (1901-1986) started sweeping the floors at Denham Film Studios in Buckinghamshire when he was 13 years old. He eventually became controller of the premier British studios from June 1945 until 1950. Above is a picture of Herbert (pointing towards his old office) taken on his last visit there in 1977 .

Shortly afterwards a golden era of film history ended, when those once famous studios (built by Sir Alexander Korda in 1935) were demolished.

Walt Disney’s Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men (1952) was the last major motion picture to be produced at that massive film complex.

 

 

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