British Movie Studios

Within the 1930s and '40s there have been many studios turning out movies to fulfill the starvation for the films. Sadly, many have gone and the websites used for different functions, reminiscent of housing estates. Elstree was the house to plenty of Studios. They included the Gate Studios, now lengthy gone. Nonetheless there, are what was the Related British Image Company Studios, now simply often known as Elstree Studios. Many large movies have been produced there, together with Star Wars. A whole lot of TV materials is now shot there. Additionally standing throughout the highway from Elstree Studios is the outdated ATV Studios, which years earlier than had been the Rock Studios, run by American Joe Rock. These at the moment are utilized by the BBC for applications reminiscent of Eastenders and Casualty. There was a big MGM Studio at close by Boehamwood, the place many nice British photos have been shot. Margaret Rutherford within the Miss Marple movies have been photographed there. This was often known as MGM British Studios.

At Ealing in West London there’s nonetheless the Studio that’s well-known for a lot of George Formby, Gracie Fields movies, in addition to the well-known forties and fifties comedies, reminiscent of The Lavender Hill Mob and a few severe dramas, together with It By no means Rains on Sunday and The Merciless Sea. Most of the comedies have been shot by the late Douglas Slocombe OBE. The Studios have been taken over by the BBC in 1956. Ealing productions have been then made at MGM for round two years, nonetheless bearing the Ealing title, earlier than Ealing was wound up. One of many Ealing movies made at MGM was The Man within the Sky, starring British actor Jack Hawkins. Ealing Studios was bought by the BBC and remains to be used for productions in addition to movie coaching. Bray Studios was house to the well-known Hammer Movies, a lot of them being within the horror style and starring the late British actor Peter Cushing. At one level they have been owned by the Samuelson group. They have been well-known for gear rent. Denham Studios which operated from 1936-1952 was based by Alexander Korda. The Studio was demolished in 1981. There’s nonetheless Pinewood and Shepperton turning out wonderful materials. Pinewood is house to the James Bond films and all of the Carry On movies have been shot there. There was a small Studio referred to as Nettlefold in Walton Upon Thames, turning out low finances materials, together with tv productions reminiscent of Robin Hood, starring the late British actor Richard Greene.

At Merton Park they filmed the Edgar Lustgarten Scotland Yard movies and the Edgar Wallace shorts. A bust of Edgar Wallace would transfer round within the Mist, in the course of the opening credit. This was shot utilizing a gramophone turntable. There was Beaconsfield Studios that grew to become the Nationwide Movie Faculty, and Riverside Studios. There was additionally Lime Grove Studios in Shepherds Bush, west London. This had been the Gaumont British Studios, the place Alfred Hitchcock shot a few of The Thirty 9 Steps. Later it was taken over by the BBC. Some Studios have been fully demolished. These embrace MGM, which is now a housing property and Lime Grove.