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The Third Sam
Trainee train driver Sam Smith is in trouble when his locomotive breaks down, and has to summon up three sides of his character to deal with the emergency.
Training film/TV programme 1962 9 mins
Sam Smith (not that one) is taught to drive an electric locomotive. He learns the new job without difficulty, but one day his train breaks down and Sam summons up three sides of his character to deal with the emergency: 'First Sam' couldn't care less; 'Second Sam' flies into a terrible panic; but 'Third Sam' solves the problem! With narration, in typical rhyming monologue, by Stanley Holloway, this is an original and amusing approach to instructional filmmaking. Directed (and indeed written) by Ken Fairbairn.
Railways on Film
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