Dir: Charles Crichton
Starring: Peter Sellers and Constance Cummings
An American efficiency expert causes upset to a Scottish tweed manufacturer
This comedy is based on the James Thurber short story The Catbird Seat and features a number of railway images early on. These include a ‘stock shot’ of the platforms of London Paddington station at night with plenty of coaching stock present but no locomotives, a distant view of a steam-hauled train passing through Princes Street Gardens on the approach to Edinburgh Waverley, and two ‘stock footage’ shots of streamlined LMS ‘Coronation’ Class 4-6-2’s passing through Carnforth, as taken from Brief Encounter (1945 – qv). There are also a number of distant views of the roofline of Edinburgh Waverley station throughout the film, but seeing that the station is in a cutting, no trains can be seen.