The film opens in a happy, comfortable upper middle-class home in Edwardian London. One night in 1905, the three children see their father usher two strangers into his study. After an argument he leaves with them and does not return. They and their mother fall on hard times and eventually move to a cottage in the country. Yet they keep their spirits up and find ways to help others. Fascinated by the nearby railway, they wave to the passengers faithfully every day, and their vigilance and courage prevent an accident. Their kindness makes friends of some important people who can help solve the mystery of their missing father.
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The Railway, the Children . . . and the wonderful secret they'll share with you ! [UK]
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Did You Know?
Jenny Agutter said in a 2002 interview that she very nearly didn't make the film. "I'd already done it for TV. Also, I'd made Walkabout and I didn't want to play another child. But the director, Lionel Jeffries, was absolutely sure I was his Roberta and that was it, I was his Roberta. And, goodness me, I'm very happy that happened." See more
When the children run down the meadow towards the railway line (near the end of the film) you can clearly see a white car going along a road towards the top of the screen. This film is set in 1905. See more
Well I must be getting along, lots to do. Perks must be about it.
As the end credit captions are displayed the shot tracks towards a steam locomotive, in front of which are gathered the principal cast. They are surrounded by extras portraying local townspeople, who wave and say goodbye to the audience. All the while, Jenny Agutter is preoccupied with writing something on a slate. As the camera reaches her, she holds it up to display the words "The End". See more
The Man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo
Written by Fred Gilbert
Performed by Amelia Bayntun
(as the cook) and the children See more