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London County Hall, Belvedere Road, London

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London County Hall, situated on Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London, SE1, was the headquarters of London County Council and later the Greater London Council (GLC).

The building is now home to the London Dungeon tourist attraction which features macabre exhibits and historical reenactments, including Jack the Ripper.

Hitchcock's Films

Blackmail (1929)

As Alice White wanders around London in a daze after the murder, Hitchcock includes a close up of Big Ben, and then a God's eye view of the Palace of Westminster, River Thames and County Hall.

Sabotage (1936)

At the start of Sabotage, Hitchcock included a shot of the Palace of Westminster in darkness, following the sabotage of Battersea Power Station, which was filmed from the embankment next to County Hall.[1]

Frenzy (1972)

The opening scene of "Frenzy" was filmed on the banks of the River Thames, behind County Hall.

According to Gary Giblin, Hitchcock shot scenes at County Hall on August 2nd, 3rd and 26th, September 28th, and December 16th, 1971, including restaging the opening helicopter sequence. Hitchcock the returned on January 3rd, 1972 to film parts of the "Frenzy"s trailer.[2]

The scenes of the female corpse in the river were primarily filmed at Pinewood Studios with stuntwoman Judith Chisholme. For the film's trailer, Roberta Gibbs played the victim.[3]

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Film Frames

Selection of film frames: London County Hall

Image Gallery

Images from the Hitchcock Gallery (click to view larger versions or search for all relevant images)...


Notes & References

  1. Alfred Hitchcock's London: A Reference Guide to Locations (2009) by Gary Giblin, page 88
  2. Alfred Hitchcock's London: A Reference Guide to Locations (2009) by Gary Giblin, pages 87-89
  3. The Guardian (31/Oct/1975) - "She kissed a lion once and it licked her back, taking off a layer of skin"