Dir: Jacques Feyder
Starring: Robert Donat and Marlene Dietrich
A countess is aided in her escape from the Russian Revolution by a British translator
This historical drama was based on the 1933 James Hilton novel Knight Without Armour but it is often styled as Knight without Armor. It has some rather unusual railway scenes as this was the production for which a railway was specially built in the grounds of Denham Studios, with two ex-LNER J15 Class 0-6-0s, Nos.7541 and 7835, purchased by London Films and made to look like Russian locomotives together with some stock which was all branded С В Ж Д (SVZHD). One of the locos was renumbered 1430. The Denham scenes appear in the final half hour of the film which replicates a journey across Russia though there are some earlier scenes that were filmed on the Longmoor Military Railway and in doing so, this became one of the first feature films to use the Hampshire line. The scene at Charing Cross at the beginning is very obviously a set. It should be mentioned that the J15s survived at Denham for the duration of the Second World War before being sold to the Ministry of Defence and the tender of one very briefly appeared in South Riding 1938 (qv), probably by complete accident.