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Berkhamstead Scenes in a New Film
Dummy Milestone on Northchurch Common
Bucks Examiner - 6th January, 1939. page 8
It is not the first time that film producers have sought assistance from Berhamstead's almost romantic countryside as a background for a new film. On Tuesday, scenes for a new film, The Spy in Black, which is being produced by London Film Productions of Denham, were "shot" on Northchurch Common, and gave local Northchurch residents a good insight into the tricks of the trade. Interest was aroused in the town first when a large lorry load of appliances passed through during the afternoon. The glare of large arc lamps in the early evening aroused curiosity further and large crowds made their way to the Hollows, a pleasant spot on the side of the road leading up to the top of Northchurch Common. Here electricians and workmen had prepared the required scenes. A hayrick had been erected on the Common near the roadside and nearby a dummy milestone was placed bearing the inscription "Hoy 6 miles, Longhope 1 mile." The "shots" taken included one of a mysterious cripple man in black walking along the road towards the Common; another of a motor cycle dispatch rider (understudied for Conrad Veidt) riding through the bracken on to the road, and a third of the motor cyclist and a naval officer walking along the road towards the Common.