RETURN OF A STRANGER (1937)

GB
1937
1hr 10mins
Dir: Victor Hanbury
Starring: Griffith Jones and Rosalyn Boulter

A couple have plans to elope but a fight with her father’s solicitor ends in murder

This little-known drama was based on an original play by Rudolph Lothar and features a shot of a ‘Southampton Express’ passing an unknown signal box at the hands of an as yet unidentified tender loco, probably of LSWR origin. There are also scenes filmed at London Waterloo station with several trains visible, including one that is arriving behind an SR ‘Lord Nelson’ Class 4-6-0, and some scenes filmed at London Victoria station, with an early shot of the ‘Night Ferry’. As this prestigious train had only started running the previous year this is probably its first known appearance of it in a feature film. With thanks to reelstreets.

This loco remains as yet unidentified, though it looks to be LSWR in origin. There is a signal box on the right, and a ground signal in the left hand foreground but the location, too, remains unidentified.
Waterloo station with a train arriving behind a ‘Lord Nelson’ 4-6-0
A classic shot of London Victoria with a classic train in the form of the Night Ferry in platform two