THE LOVE LOTTERY

GB
1954
1hr 29mins
Dir: Charles Crichton
Starring: David Niven and Peggy Cummins

A British film star is persuaded to offer himself in a lottery in the hope of finding a wife

This Ealing comedy features a couple of shots of passing express trains. One is hauled by a de-streamlined ex-LMS ‘Duchess’ Class 7P 4-6-2 and the other by a GWR 4-6-0. The scenes are filmed day for night, or at least at dusk, and though the images are not entirely clear, it is possible to work out that the Duchess still features its sloping smokebox.