GB 1958 1hr 39mins Dir: Lewis Gilbert Starring: Max Bygraves and Barbara Murray
A welfare worker becomes emotionally involved with her latest charges, a group of homeless orphans
This drama features a fantastic opening shot that pans from left to right across Holloway, north London. The freight yards at King’s Cross and Somers Town are visible and are jam packed with freight stock, whilst a train of bogie vans is passing on the main line out of King’s Cross. In the background, a freight mainly consisting of four wheel vans is passing on the embankment of the North London Line but although the tender locomotive at the head is clearly visible, it is too far off to accurately identify. The film also features a shot of St Pancras station with its prominent clock tower, and a scene filmed inside the old suburban station at King’s Cross. The film is based on the 1957 Elizabeth Coxhead novel The Friend in Need.