[Healeys] BN2 in 1957 mystery movie

Patrick & Caroline Quinn p_cquinn at tpg.com.au
Tue Oct 6 15:13:06 MDT 2020

Hello Gary


Well your message certainly has an Australian flavour.


Leo McKern was born in Sydney in 1920 and died in the UK in 2002. An interesting snippet about McKern was that he was frightened of flying so used to do his international travelling by cargo ship.


A bit of a mix-up with ‘On the Beach’ as the car was a BN4 and still exists in our state of Victoria plus the scenes of the film were set in an around Melbourne and not Sydney.


Hoo Roo


Patrick Quinn

Blue Mountains, Australia


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Cool, Rick. I figured someone would have information. We did record the movie, but haven't watched it yet. Leo McKern is one of my favorites... "Ah, I'm being called by She Who Must be Obeyed."


I did see the same thing with them clipping a wider mirror into the original holder to do the "two-shot." But the wider mirror would actually be a nice accessory. Wonder if anyone ever made them?


And my favorite Healey siting scene is still one of the closing scenes of On the Beach, where she stands next to her BN6, watching the submarine come out under the Sydney bridge. Good eyes can spot the stock factory blanking plate in the cockpit filling the space where the heater controls would have gone, since the car had been produced for warmer climes without a heater.






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Hi Gary, 


Thanks for posting this.  I've become a "collector" of films that have Healeys in them and have well over a hundred of them, but this wasn't one.  In watching the movie, I was wondering why it had such an oversized rear view mirror until I saw they used it to reflect both the driver and passenger in the car in the same shot.  As a Mercedes guy, I'm surprised you didn't mention the Gullwing Mercedes in the final scene, driven by Leo McKern, later famed for "Rumpole of the Bailey"  The whole movie is available here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8v5vgk1cME


Healthy Healeying,

Rick Neville



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On Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 1:03 AM editorgary--- via Healeys <healeys at autox.team.net> wrote:

We were watching Turner Classic Movies this evening -- a little know film-noir called "Time without Pity." 

In the initial close-up of the two actors driving through London, with the backdrop moving behind them and them sitting in the car with just a little bit of the car showing, the car looked familiar

When they moved to a camera angle where you could see the A-pillar, it had the distinctive folding windshield of an Austin-Healey BN1/2, but given the year of the film, probably a BN2.

A street scene showing them pull up to the curb showed the registration number on the plate: OOX 926. Does that car or film or registration number ring any bells with anyone? I haven't looked it up in IMDB, but it was a pretty obscure film.


Gary Anderson

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