Dirs: Henry Cornelius and Charles Crichton
Starring: Michael Redgrave and Joan Hickson
A crook desperately attempts to prevent his son from learning of his career
There are a couple of scenes in this comedy crime movie that were filmed at Windsor & Eton Central station. The first scene features GWR coaching stock, and although the loco is visible at the helm, it is too far off to identify. The following sequence onboard the train is a studio reconstruction with ‘back-projection’. Interestingly, the image through the window shows a departure from a large main line station, and also one of Clapham Junction’s elevated signal boxes, though no trains are seen. Later, there is a sequence filmed at Fishguard Harbour station, but on the ‘quay’ side of the platforms so no trains are present. The final scenes filmed at Windsor not only show a train in the platform again, but also an unusual close-up three-quarters view of the smokebox of an ex-GWR 4-6-0. The film was based on the 1954 novel Smugglers’ Circuit by Denys Roberts and direction was started by Henry Cornelius, who sadly died whilst making the film. He was replaced by Charles Crichton, who was credited as directing the completed movie.