It is pouring with rain at one minute to midnight on Friday the thirteenth, and the driver of a London bus is peering through his blurred windscreen as his vehicle sails down an empty road.... See full summary »
It is pouring with rain at one minute to midnight on Friday the thirteenth, and the driver of a London bus is peering through his blurred windscreen as his vehicle sails down an empty road. Suddenly, lightning strikes, and a vast crane above topples into the path of the oncoming bus... Then Big Ben begins to wind backwards. Time recedes. And we discover the lives of all the passengers and the events that brought them to that late-night bus journey, from the con-man with a hundred-pound cheque to the businessman's distraught and elderly wife. Time flows on, inevitably, to the crash -- and past it, as some live and some die. Written by
Towards the beginning of the film Jessie Matthews (playing Millie) asks the bus conductor (played by her husband Sonnie Hale) "You won't forget to put me off at Linden Gardens, will you?" Sonnie's prompt reply is "No fear!" -- there was very little chance of his forgetting that particular address, since his own flat in Linden Gardens had seen the beginning of their relationship only a few years earlier... See more »
This movie called Friday the Thirteenth-from early British talkie cinema-has nothing to do with Jason Voorhees
With today being Friday, September 13, I decided to watch a movie called Friday the Thirteenth. Now, if you're reading this under the title heading, then you know I'm not reviewing the 1980 slasher flick, nor its sequels nor the remake from a few years ago, all involving the character of Jason Voorhees. No, what I'm reviewing here is an obscure British film that's about a bus crash on that particular day that then flashes back toward the beginning of that day in telling the passengers' lives beforehand. All I'll mention now is that a couple of deaths result but this is not a horror or suspense film but a comedy with some dramatic moments that entertained me quite a bit most of the way through. So on that note, I highly recommend Friday the Thirteenth.
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