Dir: Anthony Asquith
Starring: Laurence Olivier and Margaret Rutherford
A Russian inventor recounts his observations of life in Britain at the start of the Second World War
This wartime comedy film was designed to encourage sympathy between Britain and the Soviet Union and despite being gentle satire it is a rather drawn out affair. The film features four short railway clips. The first is of a partially cut three-quarters shot of an unidentified loco standing at the head of a train, though this is nothing more than a model. The second shows SR T9 Class 4-4-0 No.705 pulling away from London Waterloo, the third is a going away shot of an express at dusk, the locomotive of which is not visible, and the fourth is a montage shot showing an express passing behind a map of Europe with a GWR ‘Castle’ Class 4-6-0 on the front. There is also a brief glimpse of a self-propelled steam crane at work in a dockyard. The station departure scene with train is a very obvious set.