GB 1957 1hr 20mins Dir: Basil Dearden Starring: Peter Sellers and Margaret Rutherford
A young married couple inherit a debt-ridden old movie theatre and the three eccentric senior citizens who work there
This classic comedy has a railway backdrop with trains featuring throughout. The ‘cinema’ was in fact a purpose-built frontage, constructed between the railway bridges on Christchurch Avenue, Kilburn, and loco types seen passing on the viaducts and over the bridges behind include ex-LNER A3 Class 4-6-2’s, and an ex-LNER LI Class 2-6-4T. The ‘cinema’ was adjacent to the entrance to Kilburn Underground station but no shots of this station appear in the film, possibly to hide the fact that the film was set in the Potteries. To aid this further, there is a stock shot of a train passing through Etruria Junction, Staffordshire, hauled by an ex-LMS 2-6-4T, with an additional scene of one such train arriving at Longton station. The arrival and departure scenes at the beginning and end of the film used Uxbridge Vine Street, terminus of the branch from West Drayton. The station masquerades as the oddly named ‘Sloughborough’ and ex-GWR coaches are visible in the platforms, but no locomotives. Finally, there is a ‘going away’ stock shot of an express shrouded in smoke, a similar shot of a local train passing through Longton, and some gratuitous shots of wheels and motion. A bit of a mixed bag, but some decent images none the less.