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07 October 2013
Viva twin found

Reader finds twin Viva

The Vauxhall Viva on the left was found in Glasgow and was taken from Facebook.  The one on the right is the now famous Viva which survived the Empire demolition and is now under wraps (pictured below) - maybe its waiting for a buyer and is wrapped up ready waiting for collection?

For those who have been following this story with interest, we present below the story of how this car survived the Empire demolition:

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A queue for the Empire cinema facing the wrong way for the benefit of the camera in order to get the advertising signs in the picture.   Note the films for the three cinemas in Neath. 

Clues on the date the above photo was taken:-

"Money From Home" is a 1953 film starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. The comedy was the first for the Martin and Lewis team to be shot in color and was their only film in 3-D. The picture was premiered as a special preview screening across the U.S. on New Year's Eve, 1953.   This must have been shown in the Windsor cinema in the year 1954.

"So Big!" (shown in Empire) is a 1932 American drama film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Barbara Stanwyck. The screenplay by J. Grubb Alexander and Robert Lord is based on the 1924 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same title by Edna Ferber.

The film is the third screen adaptation of the Ferber novel, following So Big a 1924 silent version directed by Charles Brabin and starring Colleen Moore. It was remade as a short in 1930, with Helen Jerome Eddy. A 1953 remake was directed by Robert Wise and starring Jane Wyman.  In 1939 Barbara Stanwyck would reprise her role as Selina Peak De Jong for a radio broadcast.

Here again this confirms the year must have been 1954.

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