Dir: Robert Asher
Starring: Norman Wisdom and Frances White
A London newspaper seller is sent by his grandfather to a seaside town as a journalist
This was the last Rank-made Norman Wisdom comedy, and it features a number of memorable railway scenes in which Norman Wisdom hitches a ride on the rear bufferbeam of a Class 117 DMU! This is a scene repeated at the very end, only this time Norman has been joined by his girlfriend Liz, played by Frances White. These scenes were filmed at West Drayton station and the start of the Staines West branch. Interestingly, the seaside town depicted in the film is Teignmouth,though its station does not appear. West Drayton station masquerades as ‘Tinmouth’, the pronunciation of the Devon resort town’s name! There is also a scene at West Drayton of Norman Wisdom arriving in the wagon of a short freight hauled by Class 08 diesel shunter No.D3762 and there is a particularly good close up shot of the locomotive coming to a stand. Near the start of the film there is a shot of the entrance to Kilburn Park Underground station rather unnecessarily standing in for ‘Westminster’.