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Night Mail (1936)

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

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Arthur Clark ... Engineer
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Stuart Legg ... Commentary
Robert Rae ... Senior Driver - LMS Railway
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Shows the special train on which mail is sorted, dropped and collected on the run, and delivered in Scotland overnight.

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13 January 1936 (UK)  »

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Courrier de nuit  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Commentary: [Reciting W.H. Auden poem] Dawn freshens, Her climb is done. Down towards Glasgow she descends, Towards the steam tugs yelping down a glade of cranes, Towards the fields of apparatus, the furnaces, Set on the dark plain like gigantic chessmen. All Scotland waits for her: In dark glens, beside pale-green sea-lochs, Men long for news...
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Featured in Alan Johnson: The Post Office and Me (2015) See more »

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an excellent film well worth seeing
4 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

Anyone interested in Auden's poetry will find this film well worth seeing. Benjamin Britten, with whom Auden was romantically involved at the time, wrote the music. In order to sync words and music, much of Auden's original text had to be excised.


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