1hr 19mins
Dir: Lewis Gilbert
Starring: Eddie Byrne and Hermione Baddeley

A lazy tramp is a nuisance to an otherwise ‘perfect’ village which is expecting a visit from the Prime Minister

This marvellous comedy was shot on location in Thaxted, Essex, and there is a good, rare, overall shot of Thaxted station near the start, but no trains are present. The only railway ‘vehicle’ visible is the ancient grounded body of a former Great Eastern Railway coach that served as a waiting room on the single platform. Thaxted was located at the end of the branch from Elsenham but was lightly used and closed completely in 1953 just one year after filming. The film is based on the 1946 novel Nothing to Lose by Rubeigh James Minney.

The rural yet quite delightful Thaxted station in Essex. Points of interest include the low, wooden-faced, cinder platform with grounded GER coach body, the apparently blank station sign, and the empty engine shed on the left.