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Lime Grove Studios, London

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Lime Grove Studios was a film studio complex built by the Gaumont Film Company in 1915 situated in a street named Lime Grove, in Shepherd's Bush, west London, north of Hammersmith and described by Gaumont as "the finest studio in Great Britain and the first building ever put up in this country solely for the production of films".

From 1949 to 1991 the complex was used by the BBC for television productions.

On Sunday March 23rd 1952, the BBC broadcast the first ever production of Frederick Knott's new play Dial M for Murder, a full three months before the first stage performance at the Westminster Theatre.[1]

Lime Grove Studios finally closed in 1991, and demolished in 1993. The area is now housing estate.

Hitchcock's Films

Waltzes from Vienna (1934)

It was whilst filming the independent product "Waltzes from Vienna" at Lime Grove that Hitchcock met his former boss Michael Balcon, who then signed the director to Gaumont-British.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

The 39 Steps (1935)

Secret Agent (1936)

Sabotage (1936)

Young and Innocent (1937)

Early on in the filming of "Young and Innocent", Gaumont-British decided to move the production to Pinewood Studios.

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Notes & References

  1. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, pages 258-60