Dir: Brian Desmond Hurst
Starring: John Lodge and Aileen Marson
A crooked businessman tries every possible trick to be re-elected as an MP
This drama is based on the eponymous play by W. Somerset Maugham and opens with a shot looking up Ludgate Hill in London, with a Southern Railway suburban EMU crossing the railway bridge heading for Holborn Viaduct. This bridge, which obscured the view up Ludgate Hill to St Pauls Cathedral, was removed in 1990 but has appeared in many films over the years. Despite this it is rare to actually see a shot of a train crossing it. At the end of the film there is a scene that takes place at London King’s Cross station where an LNER A1 Class 4-6-2 is visible at the bufferstops. Meanwhile, there are additional scenes filmed from a hotel room overlooking Paddington station with Bishop’s Bridge visible in the distance, plus a closeup shot of St Pancras station’s grand facade. It is perhaps worth pointing out that this film should not be confused with the 1988 TV movie of the same name, which was based on a Graham Greene novel of the same title.