GB 1960 1hr 23mins Dir: Robert Day Starring: Peter Sellers and Bernard Cribbins
Three convicts break jail to commit a diamond robbery
This splendid crime comedy with a clever plot has quite rightly become a minor classic. It also features a number of good and quite interesting railway scenes. The actual robbery takes place at an overbridge where an armoured car is hijacked, and Peter Sellers uses a railway steam crane to lift the jewel van. This was filmed at the junction of Dawney Hill with Gole Road, in Brookwood, Surrey. There is a comedy sequence filmed at Windsor & Eton Central station with Peter Sellers & Co. departing on a train, though Wilfrid Hyde White gets left behind as he was sitting in an uncoupled coach at the rear, and a scene where Bernard Cribbins has to take the stolen loot with him onto the roof of a train to avoid the attentions of the police. This last sequence was filmed on the Pulborough-Midhurst line in West Sussex, which had closed to passengers in February 1955, though it remained open to freight until May 1963. The short 3-coach train used in this sequence of events is hauled by a vintage ex-LB&SCR C2X Class 0-6-0 and the jewel bag is dropped by Peter Sellers as the train passes through Fittleworth station.