STOP PRESS GIRL (1949) Starring Gordon Jackson, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne and Sally Howes
It's an odd one, this. It's based on quite a good idea - that, unbeknownst to her, an otherwise ordinary country girl is 'blessed' with the ability to make any and all machinery stop after she's been around it for 15 minutes. She begins the film with her aspiring fiancee, a watchmaker, discovering this fact and doing a runner while her uncle keeps her in ignorance for her own good. Believing her uncle to have driven away her suitor, she flees for London, where she meets Gordon Jacskon, ace reporter, on a train which she had inadvertently caused to stop. Much hi-jinks of the sort you can easily imagine follows before girl and reporter realise their deep love for one another at the end.
So far, so straight-forward, but there's almost a really good film in here, something more than an undemanding 74 minute second feature. I can easily picture this being remade today, with a bit more ambition and a lot more imagination and it being a smash hit. Still, it's a decent example of what it is, though Jackson isn't given much more to do than be a bit of a berk and say 'darling' a fair bit. Watch out both for an apparently revolutionary form of back projection called Independent Framing, which allows a llama to stand behind a woman at one point (wow!), and Radford and Wayne doing their patented double act several times over, though for once without playing a variation of their Charters and Caldicott characters.
Oh, and there re at least two actual laugh out loud moments, which isn't a bad return for a b-movie from just after the war.