THURSDAY’S CHILD

GB
1943
1hr 21mins
Dir: Rodney Ackland
Starring: Sally Ann Howes and Stewart Granger

A young girl becomes a film star but her success threatens her family life

This comedy drama features some scenes on the London Underground though this is all a studio set, including the carriage interior shots. However, there is one darkened image of a train of 1938-built tube stock arriving into Golders Green station on the Northern Line. At the end of the film there is a railway journey that sets off from London King’s Cross and again this whole sequence is studio bound, but there are two shots of real trains thrown in. There is a close up of the bufferbeam of LNER A1 Class 4-6-2 No.4472 Flying Scotsman that is used to depict the departure, and there is a low-level run-by of another A1 on an express that is used to depict the journey itself. There is also one additional point of interest. As the journey gets under way Sally Ann Howes looks out of the window and we get a glimpse of a station passing by as part of the ‘back-projection’. Although the footage is rather dark and grainy it is clear enough.

A Northern Line of 1938 stock arrives into Golders Green station
For comparison this ‘station’ is a studio set. The departing train pulls out very very slowly indeed.
No.4472 Flying Scotsman leaves King’s Cross, only not quite. This shot is likely stock footage from the 1929 classic The Flying Scotsman (qv) but the roofline of the building behind suggests that it is actually pulling away from an engine shed!
The station seen from the window of the passing train
As the shot lingers a parcels van comes into view
An A1 Class 4-6-2 passes on an express