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 the level crossing at Baynards station 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. The crowd scenes at Paddington use stock footage of holiday crowds, and near identical shots had first appeared in Return to Yesterday (1940) – qv.