GB 1964 1hr 37mins Dirs: Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo Starring: Sebastian Shaw and Pauline Murray
A film portraying possible events had Germany successfully invaded Britain
It Happened Here is set in an alternate history and the film’s largely amateur production took some eight years to complete. It is sometimes referred to by its tagline It Happened Here: The Story of Hitler’s England and it includes a number of railway snapshots. An early scene depicts a steam-hauled train skirting the banks of an estuary, but it is too far off to identify. Later there is a close up three-quarter shot of the cab of an ex-LNER 4-6-0 pulling away from a stand and a shot of the old London Euston just prior to the station’s rebuilding, but no trains are visible. There is a shot of the entrance to the old Holborn Viaduct station and a scene filmed on the London Underground at Edgware station with German soldiers boarding a 1938-built tube stock train. There is a good shot of the entrance to Hatch End station and a final scene with Pauline Murray travelling in the compartment of a Mk1 coach. Interestingly, the close up three-quarter shot of the LNER cab also appeared in the film Night Train to Paris (qv), released in the same year, but was in fact stock footage from the 1956 BTF film Link Span. Also, look out for the LNER goods lorry seen in one shot filmed apparently filmed at a bus depot!!