TIGER BY THE TAIL

GB
1954
1hr 20mins
Dir: John Gilling
Starring: Larry Parks and Constance Smith

An American journalist works to expose a criminal gang in London

This crime film is an adaptation of the 1941 novel Never Come Back by John Mair and features quite a number of good railway scenes. There is a fight scene that takes place in a railway yard which results in one of the villains being thrown under a train. This thrilling sequence was filmed at Taplow on the Western Region and a couple of ‘Castle’ Class 4-6-0’s pass by on expresses as well as a 5101 Class 2-6-2T on a freight. Taplow station is just visible in the background to one shot and the goods yard has on display a fine collection of period wagons. There is a scene filmed on a Southern Region suburban station that is posing as ‘Cannon Street’ in the film, though in reality is Walton-on-Thames and vintage pre-war EMU’s are present in the background. In another scene at the very end the main frontage to Richmond station in Surrey along with the Station Hotel opposite can just be made out. Meanwhile, the movie has several good scenes filmed on the London Underground at both High Street Kensington and Gloucester Road stations, with excellent shots of Q-stock trains formed from a mix of vintage clerestory stock and Q38 flared stock. Gloucester Road is said in the film to again be ‘Cannon Street’ and, confusingly, the ‘real’ Cannon Street station in London does appear in several other scenes, though no trains are visible.