GB / US
Dir: Guy Hamilton
Starring: James Mason and Vera Miles
A naval commander deliberately disappears so that he can be branded a traitor and then sue for libel
This Anglo-American comedy is based on the 1956 novel The Megstone Plot by Paul Winterton, and it features a couple of the ubiquitous stock shots of streamlined LMS ‘Duchess’ Class 4-6-2’s filmed for the original Brief Encounter of 1945 (qv). They appear in this film ten years after the last streamlined ‘Duchess’ ran in service, and in this case it is the same shot twice only in reverse!! More significant perhaps are the railway wagons that are seen in some of the sequences filmed on the quayside of Empress Dock, Southampton.