GB 1949 1hr 25mins Dir: Charles Frend Starring: Donald Houston and Moira Lester
Two Welsh coal miners win a newspaper contest, and take their first trip to London to collect the prize
This Ealing comedy includes a memorable sequence that sees Hugh Griffith travelling with a harp on the London Underground, a scene which was filmed at Holborn with 1923 ‘standard stock’ in the northbound Piccadilly Line platform. The escalators in the opening ‘Underground’ scene appear to be those at St. John’s Wood (though ones with Piccadilly Line roundels are initially used). The GWR railway scenes are a little confusing. Shots of the express travelling through the night largely use models, though there is one shot of a real ‘Castle’, and although there are later shots filmed at London Paddington station, all the trains that feature are filmed at Windsor & Eton Central station. These scenes do, however, include excellent shots of a ‘Castle’ in the form of No.5004 Llanstephan Castle. It is possible that some platform scenes were filmed here also as they are not readily identifiable as being Paddington, but then they could just of easily have been a set. In addition to all this, there is a scene filmed on Fleet Street with a view looking down Ludgate Hill towards St. Paul’s and a train is crossing the now demolished Ludgate Hill bridge. Finally, there are very rare shots filmed at Nantymoel station, terminus of the branch from Tondu and Bridgend, with a GWR 5700-series 0-6-0PT arriving on a local service. The station masquerades as ‘Hafoduwchbenceubwllymarchogcoch’ (!?). Pronounced ‘Hafod uwchben ceubwll y marchog coch’ it translates roughly as ‘Shed over the cess-pit of the red knight’. Apparently.