GB 1960 1hr 37mins Dir: Robert Hamer Starring: Ian Carmichael and Janette Scott
A social failure joins the College of Lifemanship with the aim of improving his chances
This comedy was based on the Stephen Potter One Upmanship and Lifemanship books and features good opening railway shots. The station at the start of the film which is purporting to be ‘Yeovil’ is in fact Hertford East, and a local train is arriving behind ex-LNER Class J67 0-6-0T No.68500. As Ian Carmichael makes his way out of the station he nonchalantly crosses the tracks in the yard, where both tender and tank locomotives are visible among the coaches. The tender loco is J39 0-6-0 No.64773, whilst the tank engines appear to be another J67 and a Class J69. The cab of a Class 125 DMU can also be glimpsed, which would have been less than two years old at the time of filming. There is also something odd with a curious off-centred cab, that is likely to be a steam crane or some similar such departmental vehicle. Later, there is a short scene filmed at Elstree & Borehamwood station, but no trains are seen here. The film was often marketed as ‘School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating’ though this was never its official title.