GB 1958 2hrs 14mins Dir: Carol Reed Starring: Trevor Howard and Sophia Loren
During World War II, an American salvage tug captain becomes involved with a beautiful Swiss-Italian woman after being given the key to a flat
This war film is set in 1941 during the Battle of the Atlantic and it was based on the 1951 novel Stella by Jan de Hartog (later republished as The Distant Shore and The Key). At the end of the film there are some excellent night scenes shot at the original Henley-on-Thames station, with a train pulling out, and an excellent view of ex-GWR ‘Hall’ Class 4-6-0 No.4965 Rood Ashton Hall running out tender first having been shunt released. The loco is now happily preserved. Meanwhile, the docks in the film used Portland Harbour, and in the opening shots an industrial saddle tank can be seen in the distance propelling wagons on the dockside. In another scene towards the end there is a better glimpse of a diminutive saddle tank loco in the background, possibly the same one seen at the beginning.