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Bombay Mail (1934)

 -  Drama  -  6 January 1934 (USA)
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In India, a police inspector investigates a murder that took place on a train between Calcutta and Bombay.



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Cast overview:
Inspector Dyke
Ralph Forbes ...
William Luke-Patson
Shirley Grey ...
Beatrice Jones aka Sonia Smeganoff
Lady Daniels
Onslow Stevens ...
John Hawley
Jameson Thomas ...
Capt. Gerald Worthing
Ferdinand Gottschalk ...
Governor Sir Anthony Daniels
Tom Moore ...
Civil Surgeon
Giovanni Martini
John Davidson ...
R. Xavier
Georges Renavent ...
Dr. Maurice Lenoir
Herbert Corthell ...
Edward J. Breeze
Brandon Hurst ...
Pundit Garnath Chundra
Walter Armitage ...
Maharajah of Zungore


In India, a police inspector investigates a murder that took place on a train between Calcutta and Bombay.

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MURDER . . . on the Bombay Express! Who did it? Who will be next?







Release Date:

6 January 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bombay express  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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flavorful B mystery set on the famous train
12 November 2005 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

This is a fast-paced, richly-detailed murder mystery set aboard the titular train route which bisects India from Calcutta to Bombay (and is mandated to always be on time, notwithstanding minor details like multiple murders). Although the film comes from Universal Studios' B-movie mill, it more precisely resembles British thrillers of the era -- not very smooth or stylish, but with plenty of atmospheric vignettes, florid dialog and witty asides.

The writers certainly take advantage of the politically charged setting, cleverly working local customs and rituals into the plot, and even some local wildlife in one striking sequence. The cast of suspects is an exotic melange -- a maharajah, a Gandhi-like pundit, a French chemist researching cobra venom, a Russian opera singer (or is she a Canadian courtesan?), and for pointed comedy relief, a bathroom fixtures salesman from Old Blighty. Even though it's set-bound, the reliable director Edwin L Marin keeps the camera moving from place to place, with plenty of cutaways to the outside landscape for convincing local color. And there's always a suspicious character or two eavesdropping or plotting in the shadows.

Unless you're a die-hard mystery buff, you may not be able to keep all the plot threads untangled, but the "gather up all the suspects" finale is still a success. If you're a train buff, or love the lore of Britain's colonial days on the subcontinent, then this is a must-see.

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