Half a Sixpence is a musical drama film released in 1967. Helmed by George Sidney, the British musical was choreographed by Gillian Lynne. Half a Sixpence is adapted from Beverley Cross' book for the stage musical of the same name, released in 1963. However, the original idea of the musical was based on H. G. Wells' novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul (1905). Half a Sixpence's music and lyrics were created by David Heneker. Read ahead for more details on Half a Sixpence filming locations.
The musical drama's filming started on September 13, 1966, in England. According to reports, the film was supposed to be shot within four months, but its filming went over the schedule time. Half a Sixpence was shot in five major locations. The film's indoor scenes were filmed at Shepperton Studios in Surrey.
In the film, Kipps grows up in a small village. Arthur Kipps' childhood was shot in Aylesford, located in Kent, England, the United Kingdom. Some of the shots were also filmed in The Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells, which was also located in Kent, England, UK.
Half a Sixpence's Pier and beach scene was filmed at the Eastbourne, located in East Sussex, England, UK. Arthur Kipps' mansion scenes were filmed at the Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. The exterior of Shalfords Emporium was filmed at the Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent.
The rowing scene on the river was filmed at Remenham located in Henley-on-Thames, RG9 3DD, UK. In the film, Arthur invests in one of Chitterlow's theatre shows, which later saves him from bankruptcy. Chitterlow's theatre shows' exterior was shot at the popular Richmond Theatre in Richmond Surrey UK.
Apart from all the prime locations in Kent, East Sussex and others, Half a Sixpence's shooting location also includes Oakley Court, Berkshire; Devil's Bridge, Ceredigion; and Ockham, Surrey. Reportedly, the film's original budget was $2.5 million, which was further increased to $3.3 million. Watch the film's trailer below.
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