GB 1933 1hr 53mins Dir: Victor Saville Starring: Jessie Matthews and Max Miller
A touring variety troupe, the ‘Dinky Doos’, are in financial trouble, but a chance encounter with three strangers revitalises their show
Based on the 1929 novel of the same name by J. B. Priestley, this fabulous musical comedy not only features the ever-beautiful Jessie Matthews, but also the truly wonderful Olive Sloane. Outside of these two, it has a montage of shots as the group travels around the country. Montages were typical fare for films at the time, but this one is better than most. In appearance order the trains featured are; an ex-LNWR ‘Claughton’ 4-6-0, an ex-Midland Railway ‘Compound 4-4-0 double-heading an express with another ‘Claughton’, a third ‘Claughton’, and what appears to be an LMS ‘Royal Scot’ Class 6P 4-6-0. There is also a phantom ride shot on the approach to the eastern portal of Box Tunnel. Earlier in the film there is a shot of an unidentified ex-GER 0-6-0 arriving at the platform of an unknown station that poses as ‘Dotworth’, and a shot of the rear of a train departing from the St. Albans Abbey branch platform of Watford Junction station. The station departure scene in this sequence does appear to use a real train as the studio set, if that is what it is, is too highly detailed.