St. Paul's Cathedral, London
St Paul's Cathedral, London, is a Church of England cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and mother church of the Diocese of London. It sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604.
The present church, dating from the late 17th century, was designed in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren. Its construction, completed within Wren's lifetime, was part of a major rebuilding programme which took place in the city after the Great Fire of London.
Secret Agent (1936)
A back-lit photographic cut-out of St. Paul's is seen briefly near the beginning of the film.
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Although not actually seen in the film, the assassin Rowley tells Johnny Jones that he'll be able to see St. Paul's from the top of Westminster Cathedral's tower.
Both of Hitchcock's wartime short films were produced by Phoenix Films, which used St. Paul's as the company logo.
The Paradine Case (1947)
St. Paul's is seen in the background behind the shot of the Old Bailey.
Stage Fright (1950)
The film begins with a theatre safety curtain rising to reveal the cathedral, before cutting to Eve Gill and Jonathan Cooper in a taxi driving away from St. Paul's.
- Old Bailey, London (0.2 miles)
- Shoe Lane, London (0.4 miles)
- Blackfriars Bridge, London (0.4 miles)
- London Bridge, London (0.6 miles)
- The Strand, London (0.6 miles)
- Middlesex Street, London (0.9 miles)
Notes & References
- Alfred Hitchcock's London: A Reference Guide to Locations (2009) by Gary Giblin, pages 45-46