GB 1964 1hr 05mins Dir: Robert Douglas Starring: Leslie Nielsen and Alizia Gur
A secret agent has to prevent a vital tape from falling into the hands of the enemy
This neat little suspense film with a delightful pink pantherish jazz theme throughout features good scenes at London Victoria station of Night Ferry Wagons-Lits stock with coach No.3792 prominent. Sadly, the motive power of this once glamorous train is not visible. There then follows two badly erroneous shots depicting the train on its way to Dover and the Continent. The first is a stock shot of a passing night express train hauled by an ex-LMS rebuilt ‘Royal Scot’ Class 7P 4-6-0, possibly No.46157 The Royal Artilleryman (a shot which has appeared in five different films overall – see picture below) and the second is a close up three-quarter shot of the cab of an ex-LNER 4-6-0 pulling away from a stand, a clip that also appears in It Happened Here (qv), a film that was released in the same year. Despite these mistakes there is good footage of the train being shunted onto the night ferry itself and Wagons-Lits coach No.3801 can be seen in this sequence. The shot of the LNER locomotive cab and other Night Ferry sequences in this film were in fact taken from the 1956 BTF film Link Span.