GB 1940 1hr 09mins Dir: Robert Stevenson Starring: Clive Brook and Anna Lee
A Hollywood star joins a seaside theatre company
Based on Robert Morley’s play Goodness, How Sad, this Ealing comedy drama includes quite a few railway shots. First, there are a number of scenes at London Paddington station and a couple of GWR ‘Castle’ Class 4-6-0’s are visible, though the actual platform departure scenes used a set. A staged shot was then filmed on the sea wall near Dawlish Warren to allow Clive Brook (or more likely a stunt double) to leave the train after pulling a communication cord. For this stunt, a GWR ‘King’ Class 4-6-0 No.6004 King George III was filmed a bit further along the sea wall between Teignmouth and Dawlish in a shot that also appears in the 1941 version of The Ghost Train, and the 1958 film Another Time, Another Place (both qv). It should also be mentioned here that the station platform at Teignmouth can just be made out on the opening title card. The final scenes where Clive Brook leaves the seaside town by train were filmed at an unknown GWR station, and a passenger train complete with milk tank on the rear is departing though the loco is unseen. The crowd scenes at Paddington use stock footage of holiday crowds, and near identical shots appear two years later in The Black Sheep of Whitehall (1942) – qv.