Dir: Charles Frend
Starring: Robert Donat and Kay Walsh
With his imminent death, the parson of a small rural community reconsiders his life and what he can still do to help the community
This Ealing drama was a prestige production and it is now thought of respectfully by those who wish to understand its themes. The film is unique in the Ealing canon in having religion as its dominant theme. Few contemporary films address religion with any sense of the nuances inherent in a belief in the supernatural but this film does just that. Although set in Beverley, East Yorkshire, the railway scenes were filmed at Windsor & Eton Central station, and they are particularly good because they are in colour. There are excellent shots of carmine & cream liveried mainline stock and all red non-corridor coaches, whilst one locomotive identifiable is BR Class 7MT ‘Britannia’ 4-6-2 No.70020 Mercury. The station masquerades as ‘Gilchester’.