Dir: Sidney Hayers
Starring: Michael Craig and Billie Whitelaw
A gang of villains stage a payroll robbery that goes disastrously wrong
This neo-noir crime film features a number of trains but all form part of the background and are rather indistinct. The best railway shots form part of the opening sequence filmed at Manor Road level crossing adjacent to North Sheen station with an SR EMU passing. The signboards next to the crossing state ‘North Heen Station’. Surely these were not amended solely for the purpose of the film? The factory from which the payroll is taken is called Kneales in the film but was in fact the old British Thomson-Houston (BTH) Engineering Works in Rugby, a firm well associated with the BR modernisation programme. Railway lines are visible in the scenes filmed here, but only one wagon appears to be present. In another early scene two of the gang meet up to discuss the heist in a layby. Through the steamed-up and rain spattered windows of their car a distant two-car DMU can be seen scuttling along an embankment. At the beginning of the heist sequence a lorry is pulling off the Tyne Bridge and a steam-hauled freight is seen passing over the viaducts beyond but, despite the robbery being set in Newcastle, the actual feat takes place in Rugby, again on the banks of the River Avon overlooking the BTH factory. In the very far distance of one shot, a freight train can be seen passing along an embankment. The film is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Derek Bickerton and initially ran with the working title I Promise to Pay.