Hodgkin refers to the bridge crash taking place on the evening of the Diamond Jubilee 44 years earlier: this refers to Queen Victoria's celebration of 60 years of monarchy on 6/22/1897, thereby dating the film's events on the night of 6/22/1941.
Writer Arnold Ridley came up with the idea for this story whilst standing on the platform of Mangotsfield Station near Bristol. The station is surrounded on three sides by tracks, and there was an earth bank opposite him which reflected the sounds of trains coming along the track on the other side of the station, making it sound like a train was coming that would never arrive.
Winthrop comments that Gander reminds him of "something out of 'East Lynne'." "'East Lynne", a novel written by Ellen Wood (Mrs. Henry Wood) and published in 1861, was a best-seller that was made into a successful play, staged many times. There have been 15 film versions and one television series.
Director Richard Lester used the opening comedic train sequence as the inspiration for the similar sequence in "A Hard Day's Night (1964)."
Tommy Gander makes a comment about the parrot singeing its "parson's nose". That is a nickname for the pygostyle, the fleshy protuberance visible at the posterior end of a chicken that has been prepared for cooking. It has a swollen appearance because it also contains the uropygial gland that produces preen oil.
Received its US premiere when it was telecast in New York City on 8/29/1950 on WNBT (Channel 4).
Tommy Gander's quote, "It's a far far better thing I do . . . ", is from "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens.
Due to previous work commitments having taken him around the country, Arthur Askey's first real experience of the Blitz came when he arrived in London to shoot the film, having despatched his wife and daughter to the perceived safety of Lakeside at Lake Windermere.
When Winthrop is introduced as an all-rounder for the MCC, this indicates that he plays for the English cricket team (the MCC was the name used by the national side for many years) and played as a batsmen and a bowler.
The doctor's quote, "There are more things in heaven and earth . . . " is from "Hamlet" (Act 1, scene 5, line 166) by 'William Shakespeare'.
Remake of the partially lost "The Ghost Train (1931)" and "Oh, Mr. Porter! (1937)."
Of all the three film versions made, this is the only one to exist in the archives.
The item about the MCC is partially incorrect. The English cricket team was only called MCC when they played abroad.