Quatermass and the Pit [1967 feature film version]

Nigel Kneale's 1958/9 television serial Quatermass and the Pit had the eponymous Professor Q investigating what transpired to be the remains of a Martian spaceship discovered during the building of a new office block in Hobbs Lane, Knightsbridge, although he also discovers that the ghostly manifestations that accompany it had been evident during the building of  "Hobbs Lane" Underground station in 1927. In 1958 London was the scene of extensive building on the former bomb sites, but in 1967 - with the construction of the Victoria line - it made perfect sense to change the main locale for the film version to the "Hobbs End" Central line station, although Kneale actually attributes this revision to Anthony Hinds (son of Hammer Films co-founder Will Hammer). It is also noted that this station was built in 1927.

Nice shot down the platform, although the track seen on the right is only a temporary narrow-guage one used by the builders who have now vacated. Although most of the platform set is well realised, the supposed new cast-iron tunnel segments are remarkably unconvincing!
The Tube diagram behind Julian Glover is Harry Beck's 1956 Quad Royal poster, his first to represent the Thames without the use of diagonals, and the last to include the short Acton Town - South Acton branch of the District Line. The directional sign top-left reads:

<---- CENTRAL LINE
EAST BOUND PLATFORM 2

Looking east, the rest of the platform is conveniently shielded by a makeshift wooden partition. Note the "solid" LT roundel on the tunnel wall - a design that now survives only at Covent Garden and Caledonian Road stations.
Seen from the inside, the canopy over the station entrance seems remarkable flimsy, and as for the exposed light bulbs...! Opposite the station, a street nameplate confirms the postal district of the Hobbs End area.
This tracking shot uniquely shows the track-side tunnel wall, complete with smaller and more modern LU roundels.
Shot down Hobbs Lane, showing the rather extravant neo-classic facade of the station entrance. A nice touch of authetic detail - a sign immediately inside the entrance directs passengers:

TEMPORARY BOOKING HALL
KEEP RIGHT

This low-angle shot shows that an attempt has been made by the set designer to suggest the platform tunnel does actually have a roof! The sign above the roundel reads:

FOR HOBBS END MARKET

In the ruined cross paggeway, the directional sign swinging from one chain shows that the "other" side apparently reads:

CENTRAL LINE ---- >
EAST BOUND PLATFORM 1

This suggests a terminus akin to Elephant & Castle, where trains can terminate or depart from either platform by means of a cross-over just to the east of the platform tunnels.

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