Dir: Jack Clayton
Starring: Deborah Kerr and Michael Redgrave
A governess at a lonely house suspects that her charges are possessed by the dead
This supernatural Gothic horror is based on the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. It includes a nice shot of a train arriving at Horsted Keynes station on the Bluebell Railway with Southern Railway ‘birdcage’ coaches visible but no locomotive. However, in the background of one shot we do see one of the line’s ex-SECR P Class 0-6-0Ts in the distance. This is believed to be the first occasion that the Bluebell Railway, or indeed any other preserved standard gauge line was used in a feature film. This was a full seven years before BR main line steam was abolished.