THE COMMON TOUCH

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GB
1941
1hr 44mins
Dir: John Baxter
Starring: Greta Gynt and Geoffrey Hibbert

A wealthy young managing director disguises himself as a tramp in order to save a dosshouse, which is due to be condemned

This drama features an excellent, if somewhat grainy, stock shot of an LMS express taking water on Dillicar Troughs in the Lune Gorge, hauled by an ex-LNWR Claughton 4-6-0, a class virtually extinct by 1941. The carriage interior scene is a studio set with the usual back-projection.

The Claughton picking up water is an unexpected stock shot to appear in the film. It has also been a feature in Thunder in the City (1937), The Ware Case (1938) and Frieda (1947).