Dir: Basil Dearden
Starring: Kenneth More and Shirley Anne Field
A man of extraordinary immunity is chosen to become the first British astronaut
This comedy features some good shots filmed at Denham station, with ex-LMS Fairburn Class 4MT 2-6-4T’s on local services and ex-GWR Class 4-6-0’s passing through on expresses. Rather intriguingly, anyone familiar with the location will be aware of the continuity errors that take place. We see the train departing from the platform road and then turning round the very next moment an express is passing through the middle road [wait for the crash!!]. The second station scene is puzzling. An up train is filmed arriving, and later departing, yet between these two events the film crew have rushed over to the down platform to shoot the departure of another train and inserted it into the scene. Note that the stock of the up train is in plain livery, but the down train has lined maroon stock. The shadow to the right of the shot is that from the signal box, confirming it to still be Denham. With thanks to Paul Warner for clarifying this.