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Outdoors of the capital London, no different British urban has attracted extra film-makers than Liverpool. occasionally status in for London, long island, Chicago, Paris, Rome or Moscow, and infrequently enjoying itself – or a model of its personal earlier in Beatles biopics – Liverpool is an adaptable filmic backdrop that has attracted film-makers to its ports for many years.

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The same company also followed fabled golfers Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Peter Thompson and Arnold Palmer during their triumphant Open championship visits to the Royal Liverpool club at Hoylake and the Royal Birkdale course further up the coast in Southport. As local heroes like Pat McAteer won their titles, boxing also proved a newsreel staple, while documentarist Steve Read more recently charted the efforts of Tom Stalker, Natasha Jonas and Jazza Dickens to make the London Olympic squad in Knockout Scousers (2012).

Tensions between the three women erupt when 17-year-old Rita seeks the attentions of an American GI who is more attracted by Margo’s flirtatious sexuality than Rita’s shy charms. Upset by Wesley’s rejection of her and with no understanding of why Nellie is disgusted by Margo’s shameless display of wanton behaviour, Rita turns to the flamboyant Margo for advice on how to stimulate the GI’s waning interest in her. Conflict between the two sisters comes to a head during a trip to the city’s Anglican Cathedral.

The cityscape flatters to deceive as much as the other elements of the movie. Close interiors of frosted-glass doorways and shadowy bookshops serve the noirish inspiration. Wider exteriors betray the drab look of neglected 1970s England. One shot, however, of Eddie walking past the Cunard Building, one of the Pier Head’s ‘Three Graces’, across the street into another doorway, manages to evoke the look of a 1940s noir with the imposing stone structures and monolithic doorway dwarfing the windswept aspiring gumshoe.

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