Dir: Alfred Roome
Starring: Jack Warner and George Cole
Two convicts escape handcuffed together, but one is innocent
This well-regarded film, with a reputation as a tight, tense and fast-moving thriller, features some good action sequences filmed on the Watlington branch, and again at Aston Rowant station. A number of ex-GWR 5700 Class 0-6-0 Pannier Tanks are seen, one of which is working a mixed freight. Aston Rowant station was to appear in four feature films in five years: The Captive Heart (1946), My Brother Jonathan (1948), My Brother’s Keeper (1948) and Portrait of Clare (1950) all qv. Excerpts of all these films can be found at The Watlington Branch Line YouTube Playlist. The station closed to passengers in 1957 and to goods in 1961.