Dir: Basil Dearden
Starring: Mervyn Johns and Sally Ann Howes
A diverse group of people meet at an isolated inn but there is something odd about the owner and his family
This rather nice supernatural film is based on the play The Peaceful Inn by Dennis Ogden and opens with a street scene outside Cardiff Castle. One of the city’s double-deck trams is passing and although the film is supposedly set in rural Wales this is the only Welsh scene as the inn was in fact Barlynch Abbey, on the Devon/Somerset border. This location setting explains the appearance of a real rarity in the form of East Anstey station on the former Norton Fitzwarren-Barnstaple line. The station poses as ‘Ynysgwyn’ for the film and some of the characters arrive by a train hauled by GWR 4300-series 2-6-0 No.6364. There are also shots of London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads stations and a very distant shot of a steam train passing through a valley landscape.