Dir: Gordon Parry
Starring: Arthur Askey and Megs Jenkins
During the Cold War, a working-class British family have to entertain two visitors from Soviet Russia
This rather insipid comedy was adapted from the play of the same name by Austin Steele. The Russian duo travel to Askey’s home town by train, and this journey opens with a really good shot of former GWR ‘Hall’ Class 4-6-0 No.4953 Pitchford Hall labouring along the Great Western main line between West Drayton and Iver. The local station used in the film was Bourne End, though the train departing at the end is flagged away from Hayes & Harlington! In addition, there is a single stock shot of a Southern Railway ‘Lord Nelson’ 4-6-0 awaiting departure from London Victoria.