Dir: Frank Launder
Starring: Alastair Sim and Margaret Rutherford
Chaos ensues after a government error accidentally sees a girls’ school billeted at a boys’ school
There are several scenes in this blazing comedy that were shot at Liss station on the Longmoor Military Railway, with a train hauled by War Department Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST No.75079 Lisieux. Note that in the later scene where Government inspectors arrive at the station, the train departs with a carriage door still open! The station at Liss curiously masquerades as ‘Nutbourne’, which is a real station on the West Coastway route between Havant and Chichester. The film was based on the 1947 play of the same name by John Dighton and in many respects, including the cast, was seen as a precursor to the St. Trinian’s films.