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.

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  • 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
  • Music played by - London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running time (minutes) - 15 mins 28 secs

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)

Did you know?

  • 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.

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