Dir: Alberto Cavalcanti
Starring: Richard Todd and Rosalyn Boulter
A renowned writer knowingly conceals the identity of a killer even though an innocent man is being held for the crime
This crime film is an adaptation of the 1944 novel of the same name by Ernest Raymond that has the real murderer as a fireman. Despite this detail there is relatively little in the way of real railway scenes and the engine shed and footplate shots are studio sets. In one engine shed scene the crew sign off work at the end of their shift and there is a backdrop with steam locomotives present, perhaps a couple of ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0s, but the shots appear to be artistic recreations despite the ‘live’ steam effects. There is, however, a dramatic final scene filmed in a tunnel which sees the killer run down by a train, a passing freight hauled by a WD Austerity 2-8-0. Another train passes in the opposite direction in this scene, the locomotive of which cannot be identified, and a couple of other shots of passing expresses at dusk appear earlier in the film that may be hauled by ex-LMS ‘Patriot’ Class 6P 4-6-0s.