Dir: Ralph Thomas
Starring: Stanley Holloway and Harry Fowler
A pub darts team takes a day trip to France
In this comedy drama the darts team from ‘The Hand & Flower’ meet at London Victoria to catch the boat train to Boulogne. There is a shot of the station concourse but the platform scene would appear to be a set. The train itself is represented by a shot of an ex-SR ‘King Arthur’ N15 Class 4-6-0 passing Esher with an express. This erroneous depiction of a boat train is in fact a stock shot that first appeared in the 1950 movie Chance of a Lifetime (qv), though in this instance the shot is longer and more of the train is seen. The film was based on the 1952 novel The Hand and Flower by Jerrard Tickell.