GB 1963 1hr 49mins Dir: Basil Dearden Starring: Dirk Bogarde and Mary Ure
A scientist undergoes sensory deprivation experiments that work too well
This thriller is based on the novel of the same name by James Kennaway, published the same year as the film was produced. The story was suggested by experiments on “The Reduction of Sensation” that had recently been carried out at certain universities in the US. The beginning of the film features some shots at London Paddington station with a dirty ‘King’ Class 4-6-0 No.6015 King Richard III leaving on an express. This is then followed by a scene where a scientist throws himself out of a moving train at night. Although this involved a studio, there is an excellent shot of ‘Castle’ Class 4-6-0 No.5056 Earl of Powis making an emergency break application at an unknown location, and an actual passenger detrainment, though again it is unclear were this was filmed. There are also a couple of the ubiquitous stock shots of expresses passing Carnforth as taken from Brief Encounter (1945), one of a ‘Duchess’ and another featuring a Royal Scot’, plus an additional stock image of a passing night express, likely hauled by a ‘Black Five’.