Dates: 1936 – 1952
Also known as London Studios, Denham Studios was founded in 1936 by Alexander Korda, as a base for his London Film Productions.
1939 Short Film about Denham Studios (featuring filming of The Four Feathers)
History of Denham Studios
1933 Alexander Korda founded London Film Productions on arriving in the UK from Hungary. The first production was “The Private Life Of Henry VIII”.
1935, Summer Construction began on the studios which were founded by Alexander Korda, on a 165 acre (668,000 m2) site near the village of Denham, Buckinghamshire. The complex was designed by Jack Okey, who had been responsible for the First National and Paramount Studios in Hollywood.
1936, May The largest production facility in the country opened in May 1936, boasting seven sound stages, workshops for every craft, restaurants and dressing-rooms fit for Hollywood stars and a new Technicolor laboratory. This was to be a dream factory whose movies would have “prestige, pomp, magic and madness”, according to Korda.
1938 After only two years the studios were heavily in debt (￡1 million). (unconfirmed: PInewood Studios took over the Denham facility).
1955 The J. Arthur Rank Company rented the facility to the United States Air Force from about 1955 until December 1961. At this time, Rank did not need the sound stages at Denham as well as those at Pinewood, and productions at Denham seemed to cost more money than those at Pinewood. The two companies merged, under a new management company called D&P (Denham and Pinewood) Productions.
1961 In the 1960s and 70s Rank Xerox occupied the Art Deco office buildings and used most of the sound stages as warehouses.
Late 1970s The site was sold to developers.
1981 The developers cleared the site between the junction of the Rickmansworth Road (now the A412 North Orbital road) and Moorhall Road towards Harefield, which provided some employment. The site is now used as a business park (Broadwater Park), containing (amongst other companies) the UK Headquarters of the Robert Bosch Ltd, the UK subsidiary of the Robert Bosch GmbH Group, and the global headquarters of InterContinental Hotels Group.
Productions shot at Denham Studios
Feature Film (8)
|The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men||1952||Ken Annakin|
|The last movie to be shot at Denham Studios|
|Treasure Island||1950||Byron Haskin|
|A Matter of Life and Death||1946||Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger|
|Brief Encounter||1945||David Lean|
|Station refreshment room and other interiors|
|Henry V||1944||Laurence Olivier|
|The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp||1943||Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger|
|The Four Feathers||1939||Zoltan Korda|
|The Man Who Could Work Miracles||1936||Lothar Mendes|
Productions shot at Denham Studios
Made on the site during construction:
The Ghost Goes West (1935)
Things to Come (1936)
The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936)
The first film to be made at the studio proper was Southern Roses (1936).
Knight Without Armour (1937)
Korda\’s Rembrandt (1936)
A Yank at Oxford (1937)
South Riding (1938)
The Citadel (1938)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939)
The Stars Look Down (1939)
Thief of Bagdad (1940) – mainly made at Denham.
Noel Coward’s In Which We Serve (1942)
Hatter’s Castle (1942)
A Canterbury Tale (1944)
I Know Where I’m Going! (1945)
Laurence Olivier’s Henry V (1944) and Hamlet (1948)
The last film to be made at Denham was Disney’s Robin Hood (1952).
- BFI Screenonline
- Article about Alexander Korda and Denham (Part One)
- Article Part Two
- Wikipedia page about Denham Studios