Pretty Polly’s Ambulatory Gaze in a Former Colonial Town of Her Forebears’ Empire.

LOCATION SCOUTING IN “PRETTY POLLY” (OR “A MATTER OF INNOCENCE”) PART 1

Film Title: Pretty Polly
Alternative Film Title: A Matter of Innocence
Year of Release: 1967
Directed by Guy Green.
Original story by Noel Coward.
Produced by George-Granat Productions & Universal Pictures.
Country of Production: United Kingdom

Synopsis:
Miss Polly Barton decides to leave England and spend a few months with her wealthy spinster aunt as a traveling companion. While in Singapore, the demise of her aunt leaves her alone to pursue her freedom and explore an arms-length romance with a local Indian Singaporean tour guide. (Source: Wikipedia.)

Read Ben Slater’s superb blog post on Noel Coward’s story “Pretty Polly Barlow” and its film adaptation “Pretty Polly”.

And here’s my take — sort of a re-interpretation — based on the first twelve minutes of the film…

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01-6a-Intertitle-Singapore-city-1967 01-6b-View-of-Singapore-city-from-Cathay-Building-2 01-6c-Intertitle-Independence 01-6d-Singapore-River-BoatQuay 01-7a-School-Children-on-trishaws 01-7b-Smiling-Pushcart-Hawker 01-7c-The-Plebeian 01-8a-Hawker-stall-by-the-pier-1 01-8b-Hawker-stall-by-the-pier-2 01-9-Hawker-stalls-by-the-pier-Singapore-Waterfront-Clifford-Pier 01-10-Collyer-Quay-Clifford-Pier-carpark-YWCA

01-11-PrettyPolly_and_Amaz_ambulatory_gaze 01-12-Intertitle-The-Ambulatory-Gaze 01-13-Jackson's Plan - Town Map of Singapore 1828, from 'Lily Kong - Conserving the Past Creating the Future - Urban Heritage in Singapore'(2011)01-14-Intertitle-Raffles'-decree01-15-Intertitle-Divide-and-rule

01-16-Intertitle-Old-Commercial_Square 01-17-Junction-of-Prince-Street-and-De-Souza-Street-Asia-Insurance-Building-in-the-background 01-18-Building-at-the-junction-of-Prince-Street-and-De-Souza-Street 01-19a-Intertitle-Modern-skyscraper-british-trained-local-architect 01-19b-Travelling-along-De-Souza-Street-towards-Asia-Insurance-Building 01-20a-Aerial-photo-1950-De-Souza-St 01-20b-AsiaInsuranceBuilding,underconstruction,1955,LongLiveTheQueen

01-21a-Intertitle-Dwindling-Empire 01-21b-View-of-Singapore-city-from-Cathay-Building-1 01-21c-Intertitle-Old-European-Town

01-22a-Intertitle-She-Crosses-Singapore-River 01-22b-Singapore-River-BoatQuay-view-from-Elgin-Bridge

01-23a-Intertitle-She-is-shown-exhibits 01-23b-Sri-Mariamman-Temple-South-Bridge-Road 01-23c-Intertitle-Colonial-Plural-Society-Exhibits 01-24-Sakya-Muni-Buddha-Gaya-Temple-Race-Course-Road 01-25-TelokAyerStreet-NagoreDurghaShrine

01-26a-Intertitle-Street-Barbers 01-26b-Five-Foot-Way-Street-Barbers 01-27a-Intertitle-Street-hawkers 01-27b-Street-market 01-28a-Intertitle-Smith-street 01-28b-Smith-Street-Pearls-Hill-SIT-flats

01-29a-Intertitle-high-rise-apartments 01-29b-HDB-Ten-Storey-Flats-ChapLau 01-29c-Intertitle-house-the-masses 01-29d-Intertitle-the-naming-of-queenstown

01-30a-Intertitle-headed-towards-sultan-palace-mosque 01-30b-Bridge-over-Rochor-Canal-Arab-Street-Weld-Road 01-30c-Arab Street, 1968-70-by-John C Young-from-PICAS 01-31a-Weld-Road 01-31b-Weld-Road-德昌 01-31c-WeldRoad,SungeiRoad,RochorCanal,德昌1982,by-RonniPinsler,fromPICAS 01-32-Aerial-Photo-1950-Rochor-Canal-Bridge 01-33a-Intertitle-Interruption 01-33b-Traffic-Police-Bridge-Over-Rochor-Canal 01-33c-Weld-Road-Arab-Street-Rochor-Canal 01-33d-Travelling-along-Arab-street-Sultan-Mosque-in-the-background

01-33e-Intertitle-End-of-introduction

CONTINUED IN THE NEXT POST –
Pretty Polly’s Ambulatory Gaze in Singapore, 1967…. and Forty Six Years After.”

01-34a-PrettyPolly-and-46years-after

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LOCATION SCOUTING IN “PRETTY POLLY” (OR “A MATTER OF INNOCENCE”) [1967]:

This is Part 1 – Pretty Polly’s Ambulatory Gaze in a Former Colonial Town of Her Forebears’ Empire.
Part 2 – Pretty Polly’s Ambulatory Gaze in Singapore, 1967…. and Forty Six Years After.
Part 3 – Raffles Hotel: The Noel Coward and Pretty Polly Connection.
Part 4 – To Mount Alvernia Hospital.
Part 5 – An Obsession Over “Woodlands”.
Part 6 – Between Two Funerals – Jalan Sultan.
Part 7 – Between Two Funerals – Bidadari Cemetery.
Part 8 – ‘Round About Midnight, Bugis Street.

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One comment on “Pretty Polly’s Ambulatory Gaze in a Former Colonial Town of Her Forebears’ Empire.

  1. Teresa Tong says:

    Appreciate your blog! I accidentally bumped into this blog during a real estate research around Bidadari, but I ended up learning a lot more about Singapore’s old history. Please keep it up!

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