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The Mystery Train (1931)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  1 August 1931 (USA)
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A group of passengers are trapped in a runaway Pullman car.

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A group of passengers are trapped in a runaway Pullman car.

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One of those very special 'Poverty Row' movies...
24 April 2014 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

'Poverty Row' doesn't always mean 'poor quality', we know that very well. It may mean modest means of production, maybe a lower quality of picture and sound and even directing - but it VERY often means an unexpectedly good cast, and a really suspenseful, unusual and original plot. And "The Mystery Train" certainly has got both: Hedda Hopper (who later became Hollywood's most famous and feared gossip columnist), young Marceline Day, who'd already been a star in silent dramas as well as comedies, and Nick Stuart, always a reliable 'handsome young man' in B movies... And as for the plot - now, a B movie with a running time of just a little over an hour seldom gets boring; but THIS one keeps you fascinated for EVERY single moment...

It's the story of how fate often puts things in the right - or the wrong - place: on a train, a middle-aged businesswoman (Hopper) has just learned that she's lost all her money on the stock market, while her lawyer tells her about one of his clients, a young man who's just inherited a large fortune; and she remarks what a shame it is that she hasn't got a daughter to marry that rich young fellow... While in the next compartment, a cop is just taking a young girl handcuffed to the jail, while she keeps swearing that she didn't commit the crime she's been convicted for - and then the train jumps off the tracks, and in the ensuing chaos, the girl manages to free herself from the handcuffs and the unconscious cop; while, when the survivors are all asked for their names, the crafty lady reacts quickly and presents the girl as her niece - pretending to be wanting to help her, but in reality hoping that SHE'll be the one the rich heir will fall for and marry, bringing an immensely valuable diamond that's part of the heritage into her possession...

This movie is so full of suspense, romance and action that it'll surely enthrall EVERY fan of classic crime and romance films - most of all because the cast, namely the two 'lovers', are so engaging and sympathetic that you simply can't HELP feeling with them, hoping and fearing for them... Something that MANY a highly praised A movie doesn't manage to achieve!


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