THE WARE CASE

GB
1938
1hr 19mins
Dir: Robert Stevenson
Starring: Clive Brook and Jane Baxter

A financier is accused of murder after his brother-in-law is found dead in his garden pond

This melodrama is an adaptation of the 1915 play of the same name by George Pleydell Bancroft, which had previously been made into two silent films, once in 1917, and then again in 1928. There are some brief scenes filmed at London Victoria, and then a couple of random shots that show a Southern Railway ‘Continental Express’ train departing, possibly in this case from Waterloo! However, this is then followed by one very good stock shot of a former LNWR ‘Claughton’ taking water on Dillicar Troughs.

The by now familiar view of London Victoria
This shot of passengers boarding, however, appears to show Waterloo
A stock shot of a driver leaning out of the cab of an unidentified locomotive heralds the departure of the boat train
The guard gives the right away. The ‘Continental Express’ roofboard does not, sadly, tie the train’s identity down as there was not one specific named train that used this exact title. It was more of a generic title used by a number of services. Unless anyone knows better?
We are, however, treated to this very good shot of a ‘Claughton’ picking up water on Dillicar Troughs. This stock shot has appeared in a number of films over the years – namely Thunder in the City (1937), The Common Touch (1941), and Frieda (1947).