Wednesday, 11 August 2010

What A Day (1960)

Director: James Ritchie
Editor: Hugh Raggett
Music: Edwin Astley
Commentary: J. B. Boothroyd


Review in Monthly Film Bulletin - January 1961
This is an advertisement for the facilities offered by British Railways for various forms of party travel. It covers a women's outing to the Scottish lochs, a cyclists' trip to Norwich for flat cycling country, a schoolchildren's conducted tour of Southampton Docks and a trip to Boulogne. There is also mention of special excursions for photographic competitors and railway enthusiasts. The latter are catered for by brief shots of historic old engines of the former Caledonian Railway and Highland Railway in their original liveries. It is an unambitious production, quite pleasantly done but let down by weak humour and an unsatisfactory commentary.

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