Nowhere to Go (1958)
Confidence man steals valuable coin collection
The 1958 Ealing/MGM film "Nowhere to Go" is set in England and Wales, and is about a
Canadian confidence man who convinces a middle-aged Canadian widow to allow him to sell her
late husband's valuable coin collection for her.
Along the way he becomes friends with a young woman who likes the excitement from hanging
out with criminals.
and various types of old coins are mentioned, including "nobles", "groats", "ryals", and "tetradrachms".
Some coins are shown but not clear enough to identify them.
Paul Gregory is a Canadian confidence man who has been living in England since World War II.
He has friends in the London underworld and a part-time assistant, Victor Sloane.
to sell her deceased husband's coin collection, valued at £60,000.
2. Paul meets Harriet
After the match, Harriet shows Paul a newspaper article about her visit to London.
3. Harriet in the news
Paul tells Harriet that he is writing a play and asks her how she is enjoying London.
And I don't mind admitting to you, Mr. Gregory that I can't tell the difference between a groat and a noble.
(A groat was a medieval English silver coin worth four pence and a noble was a gold coin)
And dealers are such cheats.
(Dodds & Dodds is a coin dealer in the film)
Why, they're insured for £65,000!
You'd better watch your language, Mrs. Jefferson, one of my best friends is a dealer.
What do these coins look like?
I'll show them to you one day.
At their next meeting, Harriet shows Paul the coin collection.
4. Harriet shows Paul the collection
Well, they're beautiful, Mrs. Jefferson
Oh, they're pretty enough, I guess. All the same, I'll be glad when they're sold.
I want to get back home.
Harriet asks Paul how his play is coming along.
How's that second act coming, Paul?
Terrible. I can't figure out what to do with the old lady.
Kill her off.
By the way, Paul, have you heard from your friend lately?
The dealer you were telling me about. What's he like?
Oh, he's honest, and what's more, he's rich.
12 years ago we both came out of the army together, flat broke.
Now he's got branches in Paris, Rome, and New York.
Paul asks Harriet if he could sell her collection on commission.
At an antiques auction the bids are heard in "guineas", an old term for a British pound.
Paul introduces Harriet to Victor Sloane, a confederate posing as a coin dealer.
5. Paul introduces Harriet to Victor
I'm trying to sell my husband's collection?
We were hoping you might be able to help us find a buyer.
Well, what sort of offers have you had?
Well, Dodds & Dodds have offered me £55,000.
Well, from what I know of the collection, you'd be mad to take anything under £60,000.
I mean those 4th-century tetradrachmas alone are worth £10,000.
(A tetradrachm is an ancient Greek coin)
Paul gets a letter of authorization from Harriet and heads to Dodds & Dodds, the coin dealer
who originally offered Harriet £55,000.
6. Dodds & Dodds sign
Dodds & Dodds is a old established rare coin dealer.
7. Paul meets the Dodds
Paul presents his letter of authorization to the dealers and asks for £55,000.
Once the dealer agrees, Paul asks for cash claiming that Harriet doesn't trust banks and is a "little crazy".
He then goes to her place and finds the cabinet with the collection.
8. Harriet's coin cabinet closed
The coin cabinet is quite an ornate one with an easily broken lock.
9. Harriet's coin cabinet open
Paul loads the coin trays into his bag.
10. Coins in the bag
Paul then heads for Dodds & Dodds with the goods.
The dealer sees the coins in the bag.
11. Coin dealer examines coins with cash in background
What made you do this, Mr. Gregory? Completely irresponsible, packing them like this.
Don't you realize the slightest scratch can destroy the value of a coin?
However, let's check through the contents, Miss Rogers (the assistant).
Strange woman, Mrs. J. Have you been working for her long?
No, not long. Just filling in.
It's obvious, if you'll forgive my saying so, that you're a stranger to the world of numismatology.
12. Coin dealer's office
We may have given you a wrong impression on Friday.
As a matter of fact, cash transactions aren't all that rare.
Have you ever been to the Yemen?
There's only one kind of currency there, solid silver coins called riyals.
I have a friend out there who's paid by the month.
He has to collect his wages in a shooting brake.
(A shooting brake is a car used to transport hunting parties)
Though I dare say you'd call it a station wagon, wouldn't you?
Eh, Mr. Gregory
Paul takes the cash and deposits it in a bank safe-deposit box.
He then allows the police to arrest him.
He pleads guilty in court, expecting a five-year prison sentence.
13. Paul pleads guilty
The judge sentences Paul to ten years because he will not return the money.
Paul's confederate Victor arranges for Paul to escape from prison and stay in a fancy apartment.
until he fled England and moved to Tangier (Morocco).
14. Paul meets Bridget
Bridget likes associating with criminals, sees that Paul is one, and becomes his girl.
15. Paul at the bank
Paul tries to retrieve the money from the bank but does not have the right safe-box key.
He meets with a major underworld figure who, with his assistants, rides in a chauffeur-driven car.
The man tells Paul that Victor's body has been found and that the police are looking for him.
16. Paul gets a light from his friends
Paul asks for help but the underworld men refuse to help a murderer as he is "too warm".
17. Bridget at her apartment
The lamp shade continues the numismatic theme with a design based on the ancient (BC 400)
Syracuse silver tetradrachm coins of Arethusa by the artist Kimon.
18. Bridget and Paul in her car
Bridget takes Paul to her family's place in Wales where he is to live in a cabin on the property.
She tells them that Paul made a pass at her and she rejected him.
He leaves the cabin to find another place to stay.
19. Paul tries to steal a bicycle
Paul tries to steal a bicycle but is shot by a farm worker.
He steals a truck but then collapses and is pulled from the truck.
20. Crime does not pay
George Nader as Paul Gregory
Maggie Smith as Bridget Howard
Bernard Lee as Victor Sloane
Bessie Love as Harriet P. Jefferson
Writers: Donald MacKenzie (novel), Seth Holt, Kenneth Tynan