GB 1942 1hr 20mins Dirs: Basil Dearden and Will Hay Starring: Will Hay and John Mills
An incompetent school teacher discovers that a Nazi agent is trying to prevent a trade treaty being signed between England and South America
There is a sequence in this comedy war film that depicts a railway journey: shots of London Paddington station are followed by an SR L1 Class 4-4-0 No.1753 departing London Victoria, a ‘stock footage’ shot of an LMS ‘Royal Scot’ Class 6P 4-6-0 in the Lune Gorge, a ‘stock shot’ of an LNER A5 Class 4-6-2T entering a tunnel on the ex-Great Central main line, and a scene depicting GWR ‘Grange’ Class 4-6-0 No.6815 Frilford Grange arriving at High Wycombe station! There is then towards the end a comedy scene involving a level crossing at an unknown location with footage of an SR N Class 2-6-0 cut in. All in all then, a real mix bagged. One London tram is also seen, working route 72 Victoria Embankment-Woolwich. Incidentally, the scene where Will Hay masquerades as a guard used a studio set for both the carriage interior and station scenes.