Shows the special train on which mail is sorted, dropped and collected on the run, and delivered in Scotland overnight.

Directors:

,

Writer:

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This documentary is about what happened to the Great Plains of the United States when a combination of farming practices and environmental factors led to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

Director: Pare Lorentz
Stars: Thomas Chalmers, Bam White
The River (1938)
Documentary | Short | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This documentary short film looks at the devastating and costly problems, including seasonal flooding and erosion of precious topsoil, associated with the Mississippi River system and promotes more Federal projects to remedy the situation.

Director: Pare Lorentz
Stars: Thomas Chalmers
Native Land (1942)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Paul Robeson narrates a mix of dramatizations and archival footage about the bill of rights being under attack during the 1930s by union busting corporations, their spies and contractors. ... See full summary »

Directors: Leo Hurwitz, Paul Strand
Stars: Paul Robeson, Fred Johnson, Mary George
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War. Director Humphrey Jennings visits many aspects of civilian life and of the turmoil and privation caused by the war, all without narration.

Directors: Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister
Stars: Leonard Brockington, Joseph Macleod, Bud Flanagan
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty
Stars: Allakariallak, Nyla, Allee
Primary (1960)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Cinema verite feature that follows presidential hopefuls John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary

Director: Robert Drew
Stars: Robert Drew, Hubert H. Humphrey, Joseph Julian
Documentary | Short | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

This Oscar-nominated short film tells the story of the discovery of radium and how it is used in medicine.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Pete Smith, Margaret Bert, André Cheron
Manhatta (1921)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This groundbreaking silent documentary captures the beauty and majesty of the New York City in its streets, skyscrapers, bridges, rail yards and harbors.

Directors: Charles Sheeler, Paul Strand
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This documentary, filmed entirely by military photographers, recounts the U.S. Navy's 1946-47 expedition to Antarctica, known as Operation High Jump. The expedition was under the overall ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Montgomery, Robert Taylor, Van Heflin
Certificate: Passed Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The struggles of a hardscrabble Iranian nomadic tribe as they journey through bleak country to reach the grasslands that will save their livestock.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Stars: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Marguerite Harrison
Short | Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942, filmed as it happened.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, Logan Ramsey
Night Mail (1935)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Herbert Smith
Stars: Henry Oscar, Hope Davy, C.M. Hallard
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Arthur Clark ...
Engineer
...
Commentary
Stuart Legg ...
Commentary
Robert Rae ...
Senior Driver - LMS Railway
Edit

Storyline

Shows the special train on which mail is sorted, dropped and collected on the run, and delivered in Scotland overnight.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

scotland | train | mail | working | railway | See All (19) »

Genres:

Short | Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 January 1936 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Courrier de nuit  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Visatone Marconi)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The shots of the interior of the carriage where the mail is sorted were filmed in a studio. An impression of movement was given by gently swinging the string that was hanging down from the top of the sorting boxes before each shot was filmed and telling the postal workers to walk with a rolling gait. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hitchcock on Grierson (1965) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Night Mail 1936 Style

If you've ever studied film or Media in England you would have certainly come across the GPO Film Unit during your studies. A unit formed by John Grierson after being influenced by Robert Flaherty of 'Nanook of the North' fame!

This documentary shows how the people of 1930's United Kingdom got there mail from a to b!

Directed Basil Wright with commentary by John Grierson & Stuart Legg and superb and now famous poem finale by the now great W.H. Auden this is a good documentary.

8/10


11 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Night Mail (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?