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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th October 1968 Comedian Bud Flanagan died in Kingston, London, aged 72.
20th October 1953 Actor Sir John Gielgud was arrested for cruising in a public lavatory.
20th October 1904 Born today: Anna Neagle, London Engld, actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell)
20th October 1862 Murderer Catherine Wilson hanged at Newgate Gaol, the last woman hanged in public in Britain.
20th October 1822 1st edition of London Sunday Times
20th October 1714 The Coronation of George I in Westminster Abbey.
Bogarde's Hotel Splendide
The cinematic hotel that never was a real hotel.
Location: 25 Mornington Crescent, London
Description: The sign up on the end gable of this house, in poor state of repair, is from the filming of a 1950's picture.
We've seen a reference it was used in The Gentle Gunman (1952) as a flat used by an IRA gunman.
More likely is it was used a cheaper set for the 1932 Brit flick Hotel Splendide starring comedian Jerry Verno as Jerry Mason, a publicity manager, who inherits a seaside hotel but is approached by a gang of crooks who have buried their loot from a robbery on the site where the hotel now stands. Mason manages to find the loot before the gang and claims the reward.
The film was made partly at Ealing Studio's, so perhaps this was nearer to film than a trip to the seaside!
The Government Art Collection includes a splendid (sorry) painting (pictured) by Arturo Di Stefano of this location.
Tagged in this Tour: Hollywood Legends London Tour