Stop Press Girl (1948)
Stop Press Girl is a 1949 British fantasy comedy directed by Michael Barry and stars Saly Ann Howes as an attractive young girl with the power to stop all kinds of machinery.. Radford and Wayne co-star as tin several different roles in the film but called 'The Mechanical Type'
On the outside, Jennifer Peters is a normal girl, except that she has special hereditary powers passed down through the females of the family. She is not aware of her powers, which enable her to stop all machinery, as she lives in a sleepy little town that is still all horse and cart. It takes 15 minutes for the powers to have an effect, but only if she is awake. Whilst the powers don't affect her so much, they do her boyfriend; he (played by Gordon Jackson) is a watch maker who owns a car. Whilst this causes some problems, they are not major and neither of them are aware of the reasons behind the problem. The real fun starts when Jennifer goes away to London.
The Mechanical Types
Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne played the roles of the 'Mechanical Types' in Stop Press Girl; in reality the 'Mechanical Types' were not just one pair of characters but several different roles comprising characters working on trains, buses, aeroplanes, in cinemas and watchmakers.