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The Blue Lamp, Movie, 1950 IMDB

Pictures provided by: Uri, Lateef

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Also known as:

  • De blauwe lantaarn (Belgium)
  • La lanterne bleue (Belgium)
  • Die blaue Lampe (Germany)
  • Den blå lygte (Denmark)
  • El farol azul (Spain)
  • Sininen lyhty (Finland)
  • La lampe bleue (France)
  • Police sans armes (France)
  • Agnostos me ti mavri cadillac (Greece)
  • I mahi ton pezodromion (Greece)
  • A kék lámpa (Hungary)
  • I giovani uccidono (Italy)
  • 兇弾 (Japan)
  • Londres 999 (Mexico)
  • Den blå lykten (Norway)
  • Niebieska lampa (Poland)
  • A Lâmpada Azul (Portugal)
  • Lampa albastra (Romania)
  • Blå lyktan (Sweden)
  • Plava lampa (Yugoslavia)

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Lateef NO

2022-06-15 21:58

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Lateef NO

2022-06-15 21:58

Nice view:
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Gongora ES

2022-06-16 14:42

I love the English classicism in car design until about 1948... They really knew how to take advantage of the pre-war designs

johnfromstaffs EN

2022-06-16 14:58

^ That’s because they WERE the prewar designs.

All Fords until the Consul/Zephyr of 1951 were prewar designs.
All Vauxhalls until the 1951 Wyvern/Velox E series were prewar designs. The L types were the prewar body with new ends.
All Morris until the 1948 Minor and Series MO Oxford were prewar designs.
All Austins until the 1948 Devon were prewar designs
All Hillman until the 1949 Minx were prewar designs.

OK, mildly warmed over in some cases, but still the prewar designs. The E493A Prefect was a warming over of the E93A which was a warming over of the 7W Ten.

I could go on, and on, and on..

The depredations of WW2 lasted here until the mid 50s, just look at the outside scenes of the Blue Lamp.

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rjluna2 US

2022-06-16 16:06

John, they didn't have enough resource to update the modern car design for a while. I guess they like the pre-war design by then :D

johnfromstaffs EN

2022-06-16 18:29

^ Remember that I lived through this. By the mid 1950s I was reading copies of Motor Sport, The Autocar and anything else on cars that I could get my hands on. The men of my father's age in the family were all petrolheads and I sat in on all sorts of discussions probably talking too much. The prewar car stock was just about worn out, and the discussion concerned what they would buy when new cars became available. With the exception of the Uncle who bought my Bentley, secondhand to replace his A-S Sapphire, they were all interested to get away from their worn out cars as soon as they could afford it and find one on sale. My father was the first, ordering a new Morris Cowley in January 1955, and finally getting it in October. He took his 1939 Citroen Traction Avant to the local car auction and got a good price due to its good condition. My Aunt, a Police Superintendent, bought a one year old Morris Minor in 1953 and paid as much as if it had been new, due to the shortage of new cars at the time.

The "Ten Year Test" introduced in 1960 nationally swept a lot of the prewar stuff off the roads at a stroke.

It was not so much a question of resource, but of Government policy. The country was so short of foreign exchange after the war that the instruction was "Export or Die", with every new car that came out of the factories going abroad whenever possible. The problem was that in many cases they were designed for UK and totally unsuitable for the locations into which they were sold. My father in law was in Kenya at the time, and he had an Austin A70, which he changed for a Peugeot 403, then a 404. Look at the old African newsreels and you see lots of Peugeots even in the English oriented countries.

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Gongora ES

2022-06-16 20:25

As a Spaniard I am surprised to read how common it was to have a car in the UK in the 1950s... your father, your aunt... In Spain it was only common to have a private car well into the 1960s. In the 50's only wealthy people had a car... and to see a woman driving was something really rare.
Regarding the issue of cars in the post-war period I had understood that there was an overpopulation of cars:


rjluna2 US

2022-06-16 20:32

That is an interesting insight about that era, John :)

johnfromstaffs EN

2022-06-16 20:37

^ That film showed the effect of the credit squeeze, and you do not see any fields full of new Ford 100Es, or Jaguars. Those small Standards were a bit ordinary, and no cheaper than a Morris Minor, which was a much better car in its 1956 1000cc form. I’m almost afraid to tell you that another of my Aunts had a Standard 8 at that time, swapped for a new Triumph Herald when they came out. My mother had learnt to drive in the late 1950s, aged about 30, but did not like driving and avoided it at all times, but as my father’s eyesight started failing she said she would drive an automatic so dad appeared with a second hand Daf. His Morris 1800 she refused to drive. After he died in 1982 she bought an Escort 1.6 Ghia, as my disabled brother could not drive due to his illness.

If you go back one more generation the picture is very different, one great uncle owned a small garage, doing repairs and selling the occasional second hand car, another great uncle was a village baker and had a Model T Ford and a Morris 8, on which my dad learnt to drive. Dad had a Ford Ten Model C before he joined the RAF in 1939.

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johnfromstaffs EN

2022-06-16 23:03

I have been reading back through what I wrote above and was reminded of something….

The Morris Minor bought by Aunty Mary was her first car, not a replacement for an older one, and it was supposed to come to me when I passed my driving test. However, she swapped it for a Ford Anglia 105E, much to my annoyance (kept to myself, of course). I suspect skullduggery between my parents and my aunt, behind the scenes. Hence my Ford Popular!

In memory of my Mum.

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DidierF FR

2022-11-13 02:35

Lateef's thorough job on Basil Dearden's film (Jack Warner, Jimmy Hanley, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Flemyng, Bernard Lee, terrible Peggy Evans, Patric Doonan) is now time-tagged.

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