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London Terminus

About the film

A station worker takes a young lady to the cinema inside Waterloo station itself to see a film about the workings of the station.

Details

Release year
1944
Director
George Cooper
Production company
Raylton Productions
Screenplay
Jill Craige, Max Munden
Cinematographer
Raymond Elton
Composer
Horace Sommerville
Editor
Lister Laurance
Sound recording
Al Rhind
Musical director
Muir Matheison
Running time (minutes)
15 mins 28 secs
Music Played by
London Symphony Orchestra

Original Description

How a Great London Railway Station Works
‘A vast national railway system radiates from London. The film shows the density of railway traffic at a London terminus. 1,704 trains enter and leave this station everyday––long distance expresses, suburban electric services on which a million workers depend for their daily transport to and from central London. An impressive picture of a complex organization [sic].’
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-43)

Trivia

  • As the couple enter the cinema they walk past a poster for the 1940 Walt Disney short Tugboat Mickey.
  • The freight tunnels depicted under Waterloo station were acquired and re-opened by the Old Vic Theatre in 2010 as a cinema and performance space.