GB 1960 1hr 41mins Dir: John Gilling Starring: Jayne Mansfield and Anthony Quayle
A lady mobster kidnaps the son of an ex-convict to get at stolen loot
This crime film has a railway sequence central to the latter half of the story. The climax sees a race against time to prevent the boy getting killed by playing chicken on a railway under duress from the gang of villains. This was filmed on the ever faithful Longmoor Military Railway in one of its first major roles, with Longmoor Downs station masquerading as ‘Fourways’. The main motive power that featured was WD ‘Austerity’ 2-10-0 No.601 Kitchener, seen a number of times in the film, though the other of Longmoor’s 2-10-0s No.600 Gordon is likely to have been used, and one of their Hunslet 0-6-0STs is also seen. Added to this footage are a number of stock shots that include an LMS 4-6-0 on an express, a GWR ‘Castle’ Class 4-6-0 passing through a halt, and an ‘over-the-camera’ shot of an LNER A1/A2 Class 4-6-2 at the very end, a shot which had originally appeared in the 1958 musical Six-Five Special. In addition to this, there are some shots filmed at London Marylebone station and another of the old taxi rank adjacent to London Paddington.