2hrs 32mins
Dir: Herbert Ross
Starring: Peter O’Toole and Petula Clark

The life of a schoolmaster at a boy’s school

This US musical is based on James Hilton’s 1934 novella of the same name, which was first adapted for the screen in 1939. It features a scene shot at Sherborne station in Dorset, given a 1920s makeover as ‘Brookfield’, with some old Southern Railway coaches visible, but no locomotive. This was not the first time that Sherborne station had appeared in a film that featured the Dorset town’s famous boy’s school. See also The Guinea Pig (1949).

Peter O’Toole outside Sherborne station, masquerading as ‘Brookfield’ in this period scene
In this later scene, boys with straw boaters alight from the train leaving every single door open. That will be a nightmare for the platform staff!!
One struggling boy remains, and suddenly the station is deserted