Checkpoint (1956 film)

Directed by Ralph Thomas
Produced by Betty E. Box
Written by Robin Estridge
Starring Anthony Steel
Stanley Baker
Music by Bruce Montgomery
Cinematography Ernest Steward
Edited by Frederick Wilson
Distributed by Rank
Release dates
Running time
80 mins
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Checkpoint is a 1956 British crime drama film directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Anthony Steel, Odile Versois, Stanley Baker, and James Robertson Justice.


Before a major motor race in Italy a man, O'Donovan, is hired by a British racing team to headhunt the designer of a rival team. However, when he fails, he attempts to steal the team's designs instead. When he is disturbed in the middle of the theft, he is forced to shoot his way out, killing five people.

The head of British team plans to cover up the crime by using the race to smuggle O'Donovan out the country.



Jeanne Crain was mentioned as a possibility for the female lead.[1]

The film was shot at Pinewood Studios in London with location work in Italy, including footage of the Mille Miglia, and scenes at Lake Como.[2] It was based on an original screenplay by Robert Estridge.

The movie features the Lotus Mark 10 Aston Martin.[3] John Wyer and Roy Salvadori worked on the film as advisers. "Steel handled the car with surprising ease—and it isn't an easy thing to drive," said Wyer.[4]

Anthony Steel married Antita Ekberg during the making of the film.[5]


Betty Box later wrote that the film "was for some reason or other an enormous success in Japan, and as the Japanese were crazy about the pale blue drivers' overalls, the fan letters we got from them weren't, as is usual, asking for autographs or photographs. They wanted to know where they could buy the overalls."[6]


  1. Drama: Monroe Deal Sealed for 'Sleeping Prince'; Jagger Stars in London Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 13 Jan 1956: B7.
  2. NOTED ON THE BRITISH MOVIE SCENE: Footnotes on 'Monty's Double'--Selznick's Hurdle--Addenda Royalty Outspoken Potpourri By STEPHEN WATTS LONDON.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 17 June 1956: 103.
  4. "Wonderland Pictures.". Western Herald (Bourke, NSW : 1887 - 1970). Bourke, NSW: National Library of Australia. 4 July 1958. p. 5. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  5. Box p 143
  6. Betty Box, Lifting the Lid, 2001 p 145

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