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Hell Is a City, Movie, 1960 IMDB

Pictures provided by: Uri, Sunbar

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Also known as:

  • Hetzjagd (Germany)
  • Helvede er en by (Denmark)
  • Kaupungin kirous (Finland)
  • Un homme pour le bagne (France)
  • Aifnidiasmos sto vasileio tou ypokosmou (Greece)
  • L'assassino è alla porta (Italy)
  • Cehennem yolu (Turkey)

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antp BE

2007-11-11 00:33


Pictures and comment from Uri:

Uri wrote The film was made in Manchester in 1959. Released in 1960.

UUV 133 appears in both the opening and closing credits of this film riding along with the Stanley Black's jazzy theme for the film. Filmed in black and white in Hammerscope.

The cars in the film are all genuine police cars.

OBU 337 and PBU 820 were both Wolseley 6/90 mark 3s operated by the Oldham Borough Police. They appear in the hilly streets on 'Oldham Edge', the moor scenes which were just north of Oldham town centre.

UVR 612 another 6/90 mark 3 owned and operated by the Manchester City Police, was actually grey in colour and was one of two or three plain cars used by CID, but driven by a traffic officer, in fact, in the film all the cars were driven by police officers from Manchester and Oldham.

The car was stabled at the central police garage at St Joseph's Police Buildings, Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester.(recently demolished). You would not believe the difficulty in getting permission for an actor to drive a police car, but permission was given for Stanley Baker to drive 612 for very short distances only!

The police yard is actually the yard inside Police Headquarters, South Street, Manchester, about 150 yards from Manchester Town Hall. The car is shown entering the yard through Bootle Street entrance. The building is still a police station, no longer HQ though. On maps today South Street is called Southmill St..

WVU 42 is an actual police car Ford Zephyr Mark 2 series 2 owned and operated by Manchester City Police.

WVM 214 has special historical significance for Manchester City Police, being the first police car to be equipped with a roof beacon, but the remainder of the traffic fleet followed quite quickly.

In one rooftop shot from the film, parked on the street a black police car Riley 1.5 can be seen.

-- Last edit: 2007-11-11 15:17:45

george CA

2008-04-28 17:40


Hi, I am suprised that the Buick Sedan used by the villains is not featured on this page. It was very unusual to see old American cars in British films! I have a website which features many locations fron this film. The website can be accessed at:- http://www.levyboy.com

I am also curious as to where ANTP obtained all his information about the Manchester Police vehicles!

stronghold EN

2008-04-28 17:56


As stated by antp the pictures and comments (information) were provided by Uri (from the USA). We don't know where he got the info from.! ;)
Note:- If you click pictures provided on Uri's name (/profile.php?id=Uri) you can see he has contributed quite a few British movies to this site.
So it seems he's quite knowledgable on them.

-- Last edit: 2008-04-28 18:00:02

chicomarx BE

2011-01-04 19:50


stronghold wrote As stated by antp the pictures and comments (information) were provided by Uri (from the USA). We don't know where he got the info from.! ;)

This page has a tremendous amount of information: http://www.levyboy.com/hell_is_a_city.htm

with a comparison of the Manchester filming locations 1959 - 2007.

Car IDs are all copied from here, I've no idea what Uri's source is. I'll complete the film soon.

-- Last edit: 2011-01-04 21:19:29

Sunbar UK

2012-01-25 18:54


Other background vehicles including Austin police car, Austin Cambridge taxi, AA m/cycle and sidecar, Renault Dauphine, Humber and rear of a milk float...
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Movie completed, times added and pictures upgraded from Uri's originals.

Gamer DE

2016-05-03 13:44


True, and it's located on the Cayman Islands! (responding to the movie title)

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