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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Did You Know?
The late Bob Cryer
, his wife Ann Cryer
and son John were all extras during the filming on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Labour MP Bob Cryer was a prime mover in restoring the historic railway, and played the train guard. In the final scene, Bernard Cribbins
can be heard to say "Right away, Mr Cryer" before the the train pulls out. Likewise, Graham Mitchell
, another volunteer, played a train guard in other scenes and Bernard Cribbins
again referred to him by name. 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
There's going to be a paperchase tomorrow.
The boys from the grammar school are doing it.
Perks says we can go by the ramp.
What's a paperchase?
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