The film was based on Coward’s play Still Life and looks at the claustrophobia of British suburban life at the end of the 1930s. The film stars Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, two passengers who meet unexpectedly at a railway station. Despite their outwardly happy marriages, they quickly fall in love with one another but are ultimately forced to part ways. The film’s most famous scene is the final one, in which Howard leaves on a train from the same railway station at which they first met.
The station used for much of the filming was Carnforth station in Lancashire, at which the refreshment room has been restored to the way it looked as the famous film setting.