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1937 MG SA Tourer Charlesworth [SA1407]

1937 MG SA Tourer Charlesworth [SA1407] in Julia Misbehaves, Movie, 1948 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK

1937 MG SA Tourer Charlesworth [SA1407]

Position 01:00:00 [*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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dsl SX

2018-08-20 14:54

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From forum contribution:
"Movie: Julia Misbehaves 1948, set in 1936 London and Paris. Starring: Greer Carson, Walter Pidgeon, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Lawford, Cesar Romero, Nigel Bruce
Car: 1935 or 36 MG NB Magnette 4 seat open tourer

The car that Walter Pidgeon drives when the four stars drive out for a picnic (with the bear) appears to be a 1935-36 MG NB Magnette 4 seat open tourer. It is also seen briefly near the end when Walter Pidgeon and Greer Carson drive to a cabin looking for the eloping Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Lawford. The MG radiator emblem was very briefly visible as they piled in the car for the picnic trip. I believe the grille had vertical slats which would identify the car as a '35 or '36 MG NB Magnette.
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Link to "imcdb.opencommunity.be"

-- Last edit: 2018-08-24 01:31:08 (chicomarx)

chicomarx BE

2018-08-23 02:01

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This seems to be the only picnic car...

[Image: juliamisbehaves1.jpg] [Image: juliamisbehaves2.jpg] [Image: juliamisbehaves3.jpg]

dsl SX

2018-08-23 02:11

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I'd expect NB Magnettes to be small sporty things. This looks bigger tourer - SA, VA and WA all had coachbuilt "Open 4-seater" models in late 1930s, with Charlesworth and Salmons mentioned.

johnfromstaffs EN

2018-08-23 08:27

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Agreed, see description below, plus picture, from an impeccable source!

https://www.mgownersclub.co.uk/mg-guides/pre-war/mg-nb-magnette

chicomarx BE

2018-08-23 19:17

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It must be the one he was talking about, the grille has vertical slats and emblem looks somewhat MG.

...the full movie is at https://ok.ru/video/261024844451

-- Last edit: 2018-08-23 19:21:24

johnfromstaffs EN

2018-08-23 20:07

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It’s an MG, but is not an NB.

dsl SX

2018-08-23 20:35

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Have found the two sequences identified in forum post at 01-00-00 and 01-34-05 and it's definitely a very big MG - in 2nd sequence it's lower but not much shorter than the RR Ghost which arrives behind. Haven't watched film through for other sightings. My tentative guess would be SA (123" wheelbase, 2738 made) or WA (again 123", 369 made), and probably discarding VA (108", 2407 made)

johnfromstaffs EN

2018-08-23 22:32

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chicomarx wrote It must be the one he was talking about, the grille has vertical slats and emblem looks somewhat MG.

...the full movie is at https://ok.ru/video/261024844451



Please refer to this link to see a 1936 MG with vertical grille slats and an MG emblem that is certainly not an NB Magnette.

Link to "www.hemmings.com"

dsl SX

2018-08-23 23:00

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1937 MG SA Tourer Charlesworth, chassis SA1407, original UK plate DK 9748 "This 1937 Charlesworth Tourer is the only known example known to exist. It is believed that just 18 examples were originally built in 1937. It was first registered in England and by 1943, it had joined the Pacific Auto Rentals collection in California, a company that rented unusual automobiles to Hollywood studios for use in films. The car remained in the collection for 4 decades and was used in many feature films. It was in Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca staring Lawrence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. It also appeared in The Invisible Man with John Carradine, iCluny Brown with Charles Boyer and Peter Lawford, Love Letters with Joseph Cotton and Woman in Green with British Sherlock Holmes duo Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce." - not sure about it being the only survivor in view of the jfs-linked car above, but otherwise hits the spot and leads to this nest of sightings in our collection.

So I think we can add another sighting.

chicomarx BE

2018-08-24 01:26

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@jfs Yes I wasn't agreeing it was an NB. The model name was put in prematurely.

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