Dir: Alexander Mackendrick
Starring: Alec Guinness and Vida Hope
A scientist develops an impervious suit that cannot be destroyed or get dirty
Based on a play by Roger MacDougall, this science-fiction comic satire made by Ealing Studios has become something of a classic and features a good sequence near the end that was filmed at Brimsdown station near Enfield, on the Lea Valley line in Essex. The station plays the part of the fictional ‘Wellsborough’ and an ex-LNER 4-6-0 is in the platform in one scene. This sequence includes an additional ‘stock shot’ of a train passing over a level crossing at night, the locomotive of which appears to be a ‘Royal Scot’ 4-6-0. Meanwhile, the opening scene features a panoramic view of a foundry with at least five small industrial saddle tank locos visible along with some open wagons. It is not known where this was filmed but the shot reappeared in What Every Woman Wants (1954) and I’m All Right Jack (1959, qv). The viaduct that dominates the surrounding town in one of the street scenes is in Burnley, Lancashire.