GB 1958 1hr 30mins Dir: Gordon Parry Starring: George Baker and Diana Dors
Two brothers in a northern town rob a steel works
This gritty northern crime drama was adapted from the 1953 stage play Blind Alley by Jack Popplewell, and it really is rather good. It features a number of atmospheric railway scenes, and these start out with a cropped image of an ex-GWR ‘Castle’ Class 4-6-0 on an express with stencil headcode 167. Soon after this, George Baker gets off the train at ‘Rawborough’, actually a very rare view of Parkgate & Rawmarsh station, Rotherham, which closed on 1st January 1968. The train is hauled by an ex-LMS Class 4P ‘Compound’ 4-4-0 No.41143 and there are further shots of the station approach road and the station hotel on Aldwarke Road. Most of the action takes place in the Park Gate Iron and Steel Company’s works and there are quite a number of shots that feature industrial 0-4-0 saddle tanks shunting trains and moving about in the yard. There is one good shot early on in the film of Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST No.28 crossing Aldwarke Road with a coal train. Later in the film there is a night shot of an ex-LNER 0-6-0 tender loco reversing a mineral train over a canal bridge, and a murky daytime shot of a mixed freight hauled by an ex-LMS Class 8F 2-8-0. It is not known exactly where either of these later scenes were filmed, but it is believed to be in the same area around Rotherham and Parkgate.