Portland Place, London
Portland Place is a street in the Marylebone district of central London.
BBC Broadcasting House
BBC Broadcasting House is located at the southern end of Portland Place, and is referenced in several Hitchcock films as characters listen to BBC radio broadcasts.
On the evening of 8 January 1939, Hitchcock took his family to Broadcasting House where his acceptance speech for the New York Film Critics' award was relayed to New York. Hitchcock had won "Best Director of the Year" for The Lady Vanishes (1938).
The Pleasure Garden (1925)
Patsy's landlord, Mr. Sidey is seen listening to a BBC radio broadcast on his headset at the end of the film
An intertitle announces "MURDER - HOT OVER THE AERIAL" and a radio news announcer at BBC Broadcasting House is shown describing the latest murder. Several people are then shown in close-up listening to their radios, including one who might be Alma Reville.
The 39 Steps (1935)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
The film ends with Johnny Jones broadcasting from the BBC as German bombs fall outside Broadcasting House.
The scene was filmed on a studio sound stage.
The Paradine Case (1947)
In Robert Hichens source novel, Anthony Keane lives at 53 Portland Place. For the film, Hitchcock situated the Keane's house at 60 Portland Place, on the corner with Weymouth Street.
The Keane's house at 60 Portland Place:
Notes & References
- New York Times (09/Jan/1939) & (12/Feb/1939)
- Alfred Hitchcock's London: A Reference Guide to Locations (2009) by Gary Giblin, pages 102-3
- Alfred Hitchcock's London: A Reference Guide to Locations (2009) by Gary Giblin, pages 99-100
- The 39 Steps: A British Film Guide (2003) by Mark Glancy, page 4
- Alfred Hitchcock's London: A Reference Guide to Locations (2009) by Gary Giblin, page 101