Stoll Studios, Cricklewood

Dates: 1920 – 1938

Address: Temple Road, Cricklewood, NW2.

The former studio location is now the site of a retail development, including a large Matalan store and associated parking. To the north of the studio site on the location of the former Smiths’ clock factory is a Wickes DIY store and associated parking. Nearby roads that were built at the edge of the film studio site have been named Stoll Close and Oswald Terrace.

Photos from Britain From Above website

Stoll Pictures (owned by Sir Oswald Stoll) was a distributor and producer, which owned a number of profitable theatres.

In 1920, a large studio building was constructed on industrial land at Cricklewood, ownership of which Stoll retained until 1938. To the north of the studio was Smiths clock factory which produced clocks and other instruments and accessories for cars and aircraft.

The studio building remained intact until the 1960s.

In the ’30s, the studio, which had been slow to adopt sound, was mainly used by independent producers and mainly for short films, but late in the decade it was used by Butcher’s to make Old Mother Riley (d. Oswald Mitchell, 1937) and John Baxter made several films there from the mid ’30s. Stoll himself, a cold and formal individual, was, however, an enthusiastic supporter of the British film industry, if never a creative producer in the American mould.
(from BFI Screenonline)

In 1938, after 18 years of picture production Stoll’s Cricklewood Studios was sold to the aviation company, Hawker-Siddeley. Source: Wood, Linda. British Films 1927-1939. It ended trading in 1948.
(from Anne Ramsden blog)

The Studio Manager was Joe Grossman.


BBC Documentary “The Cricklewood Greats”

In 2012, BBC Four produced a parody documentary featuring a ‘personal journey’ through the history of ‘this famous north London film studio’ from comic actor Peter Capaldi.
The photo of the exterior of ‘Cricklewood Studios’ shown is actually the exterior of Ealing Studios.
It’s a loving pastiche of earnest film documentaries, and the supposed ‘Cricklewood Greats’ are all very familiar to lovers of Carry On, Hammer Films and silent comedies. The site of Cricklewood Studio is found to be a Wickes DIY store. And of course, it’s all make-believe and fun.
However, as the above information shows, Cricklewood Film Studios DID actually exist. And there is a Wickes store just north of where the film studio stood. The real Cricklewood / Stoll Studio is now a Matalan store.


Productions shot at Cricklewood Film Studios


Feature Film (16)

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
Anne Laurie1939Walter TennysonIMDB Database page about Anne Laurie
Calling All Crooks1938George BlackIMDB Database page about Calling All Crooks
Against the Tide1937Alex BryceIMDB Database page about Against the Tide
Old Mother Riley1937Oswald MitchellIMDB Database page about Old Mother Riley
Love Up The Pole1936Clifford GulliverIMDB Database page about Love Up The Pole
Stars on Parade1936Oswald Mitchell, Challis SandersonIMDB Database page about Stars on Parade
Sunshine Ahead1936Wallace OrtonIMDB Database page about Sunshine Ahead
Variety Parade1936Oswald MitchellIMDB Database page about Variety Parade
Cock o' the North1935Oswald Mitchell, Challis SandersonIMDB Database page about Cock o
Dick Turpin1935Victor Hanbury, John StaffordIMDB Database page about Dick Turpin
Lieut. Daring R.N. 1935Reginald DenhamIMDB Database page about Lieut. Daring R.N.
Strictly Illegal1935Ralph CederIMDB Database page about Strictly Illegal
Karma1933J.L. Freer-HuntIMDB Database page about Karma
Huntingtower1928George PearsonIMDB Database page about Huntingtower
Secret Kingdom, The1925Sinclair HillIMDB Database page about Secret Kingdom, The
The Glorious Adventure1922J. Stuart BlacktonIMDB Database page about The Glorious Adventure

Short Film (2)

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
Account Rendered1932Leslie Howard GordonIMDB Database page about Account Rendered
The Spare Room1932Redd DavisIMDB Database page about The Spare Room

TV Special (1)

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
Television Demonstration Film1937
The BBC produced this short survey of television programmes made during the first six months of it's operation. It was shot at the Stoll Film Studio in Cricklewood, and featured Nina Mae McKinney recreating her appearance in Ebony.

 

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