IT’S HARD TO BE GOOD

GB
1948
1hr 33mins
Dir: Jeffrey Dell
Starring: Jimmy Handley and Anne Crawford

On leaving the Army, an officer awarded the VC is full of idealism to spread peace and goodwill

This┬ácomedy has some good scenes filmed on the Western Region, with a train departing from one scene hauled by an ex-GWR 2-6-2 ‘Large Prairie’ Tank. Some later external shots were filmed at Hayes and Harlington but the earlier platform scenes were filmed at Cowley, on the West Drayton – Uxbridge Vine Street branch.

Anne Crawford and Jimmy Handley waiting on a sunny platform, somewhere on the Western Region
A train pulls out behind an ex-GWR 2-6-2T with Jimmy Handley looking out of the window. This is Cowley station, looking north towards Uxbridge.
Anne Crawford cuts a lonely figure as she watches the train leave. Cowley’s down platform, looking south towards West Drayton.
The happy couple return from their honeymoon and leave ‘Langham’ station. This is a side entrance off platform 4 at Hayes and Harlington station.
The car is waiting for them in the station approach. The roof of Hayes and Harlington GWR Goods Depot stands beyond, thus confirming the location.