THE HOLLY AND THE IVY

GB
1952
1hr 23mins
Dir: George More O’Ferrall
Starring: John Gregson and Celia Johnson

A turbulent Christmas at a Norfolk country rectory

This brilliant drama is an adaptation of Wynward Browne’s hit West End play of the same name and has a good aerial shot of the platforms of London Liverpool Street station with at least one LNER F6 Class 2-4-2T visible, possibly No. 7224. Another tank and a tender loco are standing at the bufferstops but they are heavily obscured making identification difficult. This scene is then followed by an excellent low angle stock shot of a passing Eastern Region express hauled by LNER B17 ‘Footballer’ Class 4-6-0 No.2848 Arsenal. The carriage scene featured in the movie is a studio set and the film includes some rather dodgy model work.

The expansive shot of the buffer stops of London’s Liverpool Street terminus
B17 ‘Footballer’ Arsenal