Dir: Sidney Gilliat
Starring: Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer
The life of an upper-class cad in the 1930s
Near the end of this classic comedy drama there are scenes filmed on a GWR branch line that include a very rare shot of St. Agnes station, on the Chacewater to Newquay line, followed by several good tracking shots of a GWR 2-6-2T on a local train. The scene depicting Margaret Johnston leaving on the departing train may have used the real thing. In addition to these scenes there is one much earlier shot of a passing express filmed day-for-night. The locomotive is clearly ‘Southern’ in origin and indeed, the whole shot appeared in much finer clarity in Theatre Royal (1943), revealing the loco to be ‘Lord Nelson’ No.854 Howard of Effingham.