Dir: John Paddy Carstairs
Starring: Frankie Howerd and Stanley Holloway
A sacked dog track attendant acquires his own greyhound to race
One of the quirks of this fantastic comedy is that Stanley Holloway lives in a railway carriage in scenes reminiscent of The Titfield Thunderbolt (qv). A group of crooks sabotage the coach by coupling it up to a freight and then uncoupling it again on the main line where it is demolished by a passing express. Most of these scenes appear to use models and studio reconstructions but there is one shot of an ex-GWR coach slotted in, No. W2342W. The coach is decorated with window boxes and is attached to a GWR ‘Toad’ brake van at the rear of a goods train. The crooks overpower the guard and then uncouple the coach mid journey, and this sequence of events sees good shots of the coach passing the camera coupled to the rear of a freight train though the locomotive is out of shot. Filmed on the Longmoor Military Railway, the detached coach comes to a stand only to be demolished by the express. This uses models and a hugely unrealistic explosion, but there is one genuine shot of the ‘The Merchant Venturer’ named express passing in the hands a ‘King’ Class 4-6-0. The coach that acts as Stanley Holloway’s home is undoubtedly a studio-set but a real coach, the one listed above, does appear to be used in certain shots. In one particular scene for instance, where Frankie Howerd comes to visit, several 16T mineral wagons are visible behind him.