1hr 20mins
Dir: Ken Annakin
Starring: Glynis Johns and Griffith Jones

A doctor on holiday in Cornwall falls in love with a mermaid

This rather charming light comedy was adapted from a play of the same name by Peter Blackmore. It features a very rare shot of a GWR 5400-series 0-6-0PT with auto-coach calling at Golant Halt on the now freight only Lostwithiel-Fowey branch in Cornwall. There is another shot of a similar train, probably also filmed on the Fowey branch, and a shot of an unidentified GWR 4-6-0 crossing Moorswater Viaduct on an express. There are also some scenes filmed at London Paddington station though no trains are visible. The film was followed six-years later by Mad About Men (qv) and although Glynis Johns and Margaret Rutherford reprised their roles for this sequel it was not a success.

This is a fabulous view of a GWR 5400-series 0-6-0PT with auto-coach calling at Golant on the Fowey branch in Cornwall
A similar train, possibly the same one, almost certainly filmed on the same branch.
This appears to be Moorswater Viaduct whilst the loco hauling the train will be either a ‘Hall’ or a ‘Castle’ as ‘King’s’ were banned west of Plymouth under normal circumstances.
There is a brief sequence at London Paddington but no trains are seen. This is the old taxi rank adjacent to Eastbourne Terrace.
And this is a shot of the roof above the old taxi road between platforms 8 and 9