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 comedy 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 definitely filmed elsewhere, at an as yet unidentified station.

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
Anne Crawford cuts a lonely figure as she watches the train leave
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.