IB Davidson

The last studio to gain prominence during these early days of British cinema was I.B. Davidson who used a converted horse tram shed at 588 Lea Bridge Road (the remaining parts of which were recently demolished to make way for new housing development). Davidson’s studio was a "dark stage" studio making it unique in the area in that they used artificial lighting exclusively.

It was smaller than the other studios measuring a mere 60 feet by 40 feet. They seemed to specialize in spy stories (“Anarchists” running amok), sentimental films  and boxing films. Their productions were sometimes marketed as Tiger Films. Two of their original stars were the legendary “Bombadier” Billy Wells and Victor McLaglen. McLaglen got his start in film acting appearing in The Gay Corinthian after being persuaded by producer A E Colby to give up boxing as a profession. Like B&C they fell victim to Black November and by the end of 1924 were out of business.

 

THE LOCATION

588 Lea Bridge Road

Walthamstow

E10 7DN