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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 4:38 am



Alison Smith.....Sheila Sim
Peter Gibbs.....Dennis Price
Bob Johnson.....John Sweet
Thomas Colpeper.....Eric Portman
General Leslie.....Leonard Smith
General Terry.....James Tamsitt
Commander Todd.....David Todd


A Canterbury Tale concerns three characters, a London shop girl, Alison Smith, a British Army Sergeant, Peter Gibbs, and an American Army Sergeant, Bob Johnson. The group arrive at a railway station on a Friday night in the small Kent town of "Chillingbourne" near Canterbury in the middle of World War Two. Alison is due to start work as a Land Girl, Peter has been stationed at a nearby Army Camp, and Bob got off at the wrong station. After getting directions from the acting Station Master, the trio head for the Town Hall, but before they arrive, Alison is attacked by an assailant dressed in a soldier's uniform who pours glue on her hair, before escaping. It's revealed that the glue attacks have already happened ten times to other women in the area. Alison asks Bob if he could spend the next few days in the village to help her solve the mystery. The next day, while riding a farm cart in the countryside, Alison again meets Peter during his patrol and he also joins the hunt for the Glue Man. The three enlist the help of the locals, including several young boys who love to play war games. By using their detective skills, the trio identify the culprit as the local magistrate, Thomas Colpeper who gives lectures at his Colpeper Institute to the soldiers stationed in the local district. Alison interviews all the Glue Man's victims to identify the dates and times of their attacks. Peter visits Colpeper at his home and steals the Fire Guard roster listing the nights Colpeper was on duty in the Town Hall. Bob's boy guerrilla army have a salvage drive which lets him discover the source for the gum that was used to make glue sold to Colpeper. The dates of the attacks correspond with Colpeper's night watches where he wore a Home Guard uniform kept in the Town Hall. On a short train journey to Canterbury on Monday morning, Colpeper joins them in their compartment. They confront him with their suspicions and he admits to being the Glue Man. Colpeper tells them that his motive was to prevent the local women from dating the soldiers who would have be distracted from attending his precious lectures. On arriving in Canterbury, with much of the city being devastated by Nazi bombing, Alison, Peter, and Bob have their wishes come true. All three visit the cathedral with much joy and thanksgiving.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 7:49 am

One of the pilgrims on their way to Canterbury on horseback 600 years ago:



The actual scene was filmed near Guildford at Saint Martha's Hill in Surrey.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 7:51 am

The train heading for Chillingbourne on Friday night has passengers Alison Smith (new land girl), Sergeant Peter Gibbs (UK), and Sergeant Bob Johnson (USA) who are unaware of the adventure that awaits them:



Filming of the distant train scene was taken near Ranmore Common Road close to Dorking in Surrey.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 7:53 am

The crazy acting Station Master gives the three train travellers directions to the Town Hall:



The Chillingbourne Station scenes were filmed at Selling Station and also in Denham Studios.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 7:54 am

After the Glue Man attacks Alison, the trio chase him up Charing Street:



Charing Street was a studio reconstruction based on Taylors Hill located in Chilham.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 7:58 am

Thomas Colpeper in the Town Hall is the Magistrate and Justice of the Peace:



Chillingbourne Town Hall is actually Fordwich Town Hall with the exterior and interior reconstructed in the studio.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 7:59 am

Bob and the locals try to wash the glue from Alison's hair:

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:00 am

Bob introduces himself to Thomas Colpeper who gives him free overnight accommodation in Chillingbourne:

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:01 am

Alison is rejected by Colpeper for employment because she is a girl:



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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:02 am

After she hears a noise Alison discovers a Home Guard uniform which has fallen off its hanger:



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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:03 am

At the Hand of Glory Alison asks Bob to help her solve the mystery of the Glue Man:



Alison is holding a letter she has written to Peter Gibbs also requesting his help.


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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:03 am

Agnes the maid wakes Bob after he has slept in the Elizabeth Room:



The interior of the Hand of Glory was recreated in the studio.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:05 am

Bob waves at the local butcher from his upstairs bedroom window:



The view from Bob's hotel window when he waves at Dick Lucy is the view that would be seen from the Red Lion located in Wingham.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:07 am

Bob meets General Leslie who later helps him catch the Glue Man:



The exterior of the Fordwich Manor House is seen behind General Leslie.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:08 am

General Leslie on top of the hay wagon tells his mother about meeting an American soldier:



The hay wagon leaves from "Bridge View" opposite the George & Dragon in Fordwich where in real life the actress playing the mother worked.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:09 am

After being employed by Susanna Foster, Alison takes the horse & cart to the wheelwright:



The wheelwright & blacksmith's yard is Horton's Yard in Shottenden. Ben Horton (wheelwright) and his brother Neville (blacksmith) both appear in the movie as assistants to the actors playing them. Ben's son Eric also appears wearing a leather jacket.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:10 am

Bob is invited to dinner by Jim Horton. Bob then hitches a ride with Alison:



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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:11 am

Bob admires a big water mill in the village:



The water mill is still a distinct building in Wickhambreaux.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:13 am

Alison is shocked when she sees that Thomas Colpeper lives in this beautiful house:



The house is located in the village of Wickhambreaux.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:14 am

Bob and Alison go there separate ways after a heart to heart chat:



Bob jumps off the cart on Chartham Downs Road. When Alison leaves, she turns left into Swarling Hill Road. The Roundel can't be seen from this location. The BEND in the Pilgrims Road of which Alison makes reference is in a different place.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:15 am

Alison tells Prudence Honeywood (Susanna Foster's sister) about her life as a London shop girl:



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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:16 am

Prudence and Alison working hard on the farm:



Prudence Honeywood's farm is actually Elbridge Farm located in Littlebourne.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:18 am

Alison brings Fee Baker her lunch and talks to her about the Glue Man:



Scene was filmed at Elbridge Farm in Littlebourne. Both the location and studio were used.


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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:22 am

Alison is intercepted on the Pilgrims Road by Peter during his patrol with his troops who are driving Universal Carriers:



The track where Alison is intercepted by the Universal Carriers led by Peter is filmed just slightly south-east of Chilham on Old Wye Lane. The carriers go through the Rye Field and also on the other side of the lane.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:24 am

Local soldiers on their way to the Colpeper Institute to hear the lecture:



The exterior of the Colpeper Institute is actually the Manor House in Fordwich.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:25 am

Bob with Alison and Peter in the Colpeper Institute preparing to hear the lecture:



The interior scenes of the Colpeper Institute were filmed in Denham Studios.


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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:28 am

Colpeper passionately delivers his lecture on Kent and the Pilgrims Road:



The idea for the Colpeper Institute came from the Beaney Institute in Canterbury.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:29 am

On Sunday Commander Todd who is in charge of the landing craft leads his troops into battle with a box of fruit missiles:



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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:30 am

Bob watches the two armies in action led by General Terry and General Leslie:



The boy's battle scene was filmed near Chilham Mill on the River Stour. Bob gets on the boat a little way upstream, but some of the scenes of the boat going down the river were filmed at Fordwich.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:31 am

Bob invites the two generals to a "pow-wow" to gather evidence to catch the Glue Man:



The "pow-wow" meeting was held on Julliberrie's Grave, the prehistoric longbarrow on Julliberrie Downs. Bob then asks the boys for directions to the local church. The next scene shows him entering a church with the Hortons which is actually the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin which is located in Fordwich.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:32 am

Alison approaches Polly Finn (conductress) at the bus stop asking her about the Glue Man:



The location is Chilham Square.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:33 am

Alison meets up with glue victim Gwladys Swinton for a chat outside this signal box:



The signal box was located at the Harbledown railway junction. Gwladys is the Welsh spelling for Gladys.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:35 am

Alison waits to speak to post girl Dorothy Bird who was also attacked by the Glue Man:



The first part of the scene shows Dorothy Bird with the mail at the now gone Post Office which was attached to the Old Stone House (Manor House) in Wickhambreaux. In real life at that time the sub-postmaster was Mr Squirrel and the postman was Mr Fox. Dorothy's surname appropriately is Bird.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:36 am

In the Hand of Glory, Alison with Peter and Bob discuss information they have gathered about the Glue Man:



Note: Michael Powell's driver was Bert Woodcock reminding us of old Albert Woodcock.


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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:37 am

Peter visits Colpeper's house and steals the duty roster for the Fire Guards:



The interior scenes of Wickhambreaux Court were reconstructions filmed in Denham Studios.


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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:38 am

Peter arrives at the Hand of Glory to find Bob trying to contact Michael Roczinsky:



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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:39 am

Bob rewards the two generals with football money for the evidence they provide that implicates Colpeper as the Glue Man:



The salvage collection is at Chilham Mill. Also, at the very end of the film, the boys are seen playing with a football bought with their reward money. The scene takes place in the car park of The George & Dragon in Fordwich.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:39 am

Peter and Bob play catch in Chillingbourne:



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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:40 am

After a walking through a wooded area, Alison thinks she hears the sounds of the old Canterbury pilgrims. Colpeper is lying in the long grass and invites her to sit beside him:



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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:41 am

Bob and Peter while talking about the tea drinking nations see Canterbury Cathedral and the River Stour, but they don't see Alison and Colpeper lying in the long grass who clearly hear their conversation:



Canterbury Cathedral and the River Stour can't actually be seen from this location on Chilmans Downs.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:42 am

On Monday morning the trio catch the train from Chillingbourne to Canterbury:



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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:43 am

On the train Colpeper arrogantly confesses to being the Glue Man:



The train journey scene was filmed in Denham Studios with views from the Elham Valley Railway.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:44 am

At Westgate in Canterbury, Colpeper and the three "pilgrims" part company:



After arriving in Canterbury, Peter goes to the police station and asks to speak to Superintendent Hall. George Hall was the real life Superintendent of the Canterbury constabulary in 1943. The location of the police station was also real at that time.

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Sheet music floats to Peter giving him a reason to see the organ and his wish to come true:



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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:47 am

Alison has lost her way so she asks directions from a member of the Women's Voluntary Services:



When Alison first meets the Women's Voluntary Services lady, they are both on the Parade at the corner of Rose Lane. Then the location suddenly changes and they are seen on Burgate with the distant background view showing a Tudor style building (now the Montain Warehouse) which is actually on the Parade (next to the bombed Rose Hotel). The view goes back to the Parade when the towers of the cathedral are shown.

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:48 am

Alison walks the bombed streets of Canterbury heading to the Agricultural Committee meeting before going to see her caravan at Rose Lane Garage. She is heartbroken when she sees the terrible state of her property, but her tears soon turn to joy when she is told that her missing fiancé Geoffrey (presumed killed in action) is very much alive in Gibraltar:



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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:48 am

At a café Michael presents Bob with long lost letters from his sweetheart who is in Australia:



The interior of the café was a reconstruction in Denham Studios.


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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:49 am

Bob and Michael watch the military parade from the café window:



This is the real café window next to Christ Church Gate (Butter Market).

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Post  Pilgrim on Sat 15 Apr 2017, 8:50 am

A Canterbury Tale fittingly ends with the hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers" played on the organ by Peter Gibbs:



The organ music was actually played on the Saint Alban's Cathedral organ because the one at Canterbury Cathedral had been dismantled and hidden away due to the bombings.


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Post  Pilgrim on Wed 01 Nov 2017, 2:19 am

** WATCH THE WHOLE ENGLISH MOVIE HERE **

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