TERROR BY NIGHT

GB
1946
1hr
Dir: Roy William Neill
Starring: Basil Rathbone and Renee Godfrey

Sherlock Holmes recovers a stolen jewel on board the London-Edinburgh express

This Sherlock Holmes crime film is mostly an original story that was not directly based on any of Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales. The Hollywood-made mystery contains a pretty random collection of shots that are intended to depict the journey to Scotland, but it is an even more ramshackle collection than usual. The train journey takes up the vast majority of the film’s running time but it is entirely studio bound using some really dodgy sets and some dubious models, with American stock, German and French locomotives (!) thrown in. However, there are a couple of stock shots of real British trains. One is of a low-angle view of an LMS ‘Royal Scot’ Class 6P 4-6-0 leaving London Euston and one is of a GWR express taking water on Goring troughs.

The railway journey starts with this closeup glimpse of Euston’s Doric arch
An unidentified ‘Royal Scot’ pulls away from London Euston
This is a GWR express on Goring troughs, the locomotive of which is obscured by the water spray. This shot is in fact reversed as evidenced by the wrong direction right-hand running.