Film competition – part 4


Another still from the Ealing Studios comedy, The Titfield Thunderbolt. The branchline loco is a 14XX class, ex GWR 0-4-2. The coach – which was scrapped shortly after the film was made – was from the Wisbech and Upwell tramway.

BTWT’s readers are avid movie enthusiasts! No less than 9 of you correctly identified the last mystery picture as being a still from The Titfield Thunderbolt. Congratulations to Mark Judd, Adrian, Rick Degruyter, Tim Sparks, Podroznik, Gavin Whitelaw, Steve Reynolds, John Savery and Mike Winslow for being right. Mike Winslow was first, so he gets the point. So far we have three people – all with one point – vying for the lead: Alex Fitch – Oh Mr Porter, Gavin Whitelaw – Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday, Mike Winslow – The Titfield Thunderbolt.

The Titfield Thunderbolt shows the British ‘never say die’ spirit at its best. I know of at least one railway society struggling to save a branch line somewhere in the south of England – which whenever things were going particularly badly – used to screen The Titfield Thunderbolt as a morale booster for their supporters! A copy should be in the library of anyone who is fighting to save a branch line. A copy on DVD can be ordered via Amazon UK for only £5:15 by clicking the link below.

The Titfield Thunderbolt [DVD]

Well it is time I started getting some wickets so I have decided to bowl a googly. Once again this is a classic film, well-known to cinema buffs, but largely unknown in railway enthusiast circles. The still shows a train running under a bridge in some continental city, two seconds later a boy runs into the shot with a ….. ….. . The missing words constitute part the title of the film less the definitive article.

Dyspozytor bowls a googly – today’s mystery still

7 Responses to “Film competition – part 4”

  1. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    the Ladykillers

  2. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    NOT the Ladykillers.

  3. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    The Red Balloon

  4. David Hughes Says:

    The Red Balloon (1956): until your hint, my first thought was The Ladykillers in its original outing.

  5. Mike Winslow Says:

    Tricky, at first I thought it might have been from Jules et Jim. Now I believe it The Red Baloon. If it’s not, you’ve got me.

  6. barry drelincourt Says:

    red ballon

  7. Mark Judd Says:

    Is it anything to do with a “Petit Chien”?

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