Dir: David Seltzer
Starring: Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith
A secretary from Queens is transformed into a WWII government spy after discovering her attorney boss and lover is in fact a secret agent
This hugely forgettable American war drama has a couple of brief sequences said to be set in Switzerland, but which actually use London St Pancras station masquerading as Zürich Hauptbahnhof. Benches marked ‘Schweizerische Bundesbahnen’ (German for ‘Swiss Federal Railways’) were placed on the platform with the flags of many countries draped down from above, but all this regalia was spoiled somewhat by the BR digital clacker clock that was still visible, and the train itself. The train was formed of ex-LMS Class 5MT ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 No.44932 on a short rake of green-liveried coaches, which appear to be a Mk.1 BSK and four Mk.2 Met-Camm Pullman’s (!). No.44932 was renumbered 919 138 for filming and had additional Imperial eagles added to the cabsides, whilst BR Standard Class 4MT 2-6-4T No.80080 was present in an adjacent platform. Despite all this effort, little in the way of details are visible in these scenes, though there is a shot of the ‘DR’ eagle embellishments on the carriage sides. The ‘Black Five’ was not built until 1945 and the BR Standard Tank was built in 1954, both of course too young for the period in which the film was set. The scenes onboard the train and the journey itself used the German and Austrian railway systems but, in an unusual piece of continuity, the German ‘pacific’ hauling the train is also numbered 919 138. The movie, which was vigourously slated by the press, was based on the 1988 novel of the same name by Susan Isaacs.