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. Written by
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What's the unexpected secret that turns their world upside down?
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Did You Know?
Producer Lionel Jeffries
chose to use the real name Oakworth (the station where most of the film was shot), changing the name from Meadow Vale as used in E. Nesbit
's original novel. See more
A bed-knob on Bobbie's bed is loose and changes positions between shots when she and her mother discuss the newspaper report on her father's sentence. See more
I hope mother doesn't get too wet in Wakefield.
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 Cook and the children See more