Dir: Montgomery Tully
Starring: John Warwick and Roberta Huby
Scotland Yard detectives investigate a series of payroll robberies where the criminals are using the prints of a dead man
This short crime film was part of the Scotland Yard series, a series of 39 episodes produced by Anglo-Amalgamated between 1953 and 1961. They are short films, largely half-hour in length, that were originally made to support the main feature in a cinema double-bill. Each film focused on a true crime case, with only the names changed, and featured an introduction by the crime writer Edgar Lustgarten. Print of Death was No.27 in the series. These films should not be confused with the BBC television series of the same name broadcast in 1960 which are unrelated. Print of Death is another of these Scotland Yard shorts that features quite a bit of railway footage. There is a scene filmed on the concourse of London Victoria and a shot of a passing passenger service hauled by an ex-GWR 4300 Class 2-6-0, but the film is most notable for the final scenes that take place in a railway marshalling yard somewhere on the Southern Region. During this climax we get excellent glimpses of two former Billinton-designed LB&SCR steam locomotives. One is E4 Class 0-6-2T No.32474, but the other is a particularly rare view of a Class C2X 0-6-0 ‘Large Vulcan’ in the form of No.32525. The yard is packed full of railway wagons and ancient departmental carriages and the police get to catch the criminal by riding on the running boards of a BR brake van!