GB 1954 1hr 30mins Dir: John Mackenzie Starring: Norman Wisdom and Joan Rice
A man tries to raise money for the orphanage where he grew up and where he now works as a carer
This family comedy is another that features a railway sequence in typical Wisdom slapstick style. Whilst taking a train to Brighton, Norman loses his trousers by hanging them out of a carriage window hoping that the sudden breeze will help to dislodge a wasp that had crawled into them. They then get wrapped around the chimney of a passing Southern Railway C Class 0-6-0 on a freight! However, the scenes onboard the train use a mixture of studio sets and back projection from the window of a 4 SUB EMU, hence the probable reason as to why the electric unit and the steam loco are running wrong line, i.e. passing on the left. Quite a few Southern Region EMU’s appear in these scenes, which begin with a reversed view of a formation of 4 COR stock passing at an unknown location. There is then a run past of a formation of 6 BIL EMU’s at Purley station, followed by shots at Brighton station that include 4 LAV, 6 PAN and 6 PUL units. In one scene, there is a good close up shot of 6 PUL EMU No.3012, which is identified through the rear driving vehicle No.11014. The final railway scene where Norman Wisdom is chased off a station by a policeman for not wearing any trousers was filmed at the original Crawley station before its rebuilding and an arriving train is formed of a 4 LAV EMU, working headcode 2 Three Bridges – Horsham.