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The Last Journey (1936)

 -  Drama | Crime  -  27 April 1936 (USA)
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Bob Holt's last journey as a Railway engine driver before his retirement, a journey disturbed by his distress at leaving the Railway, and his suspicions of the relationship between his wife... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Godfrey Tearle ...
Sir Wilfred Rhodes
Hugh Williams ...
Gerald Winter
Judy Gunn ...
Diana Gregory
Mickey Brantford ...
Julien Mitchell ...
Bob Holt
Olga Lindo ...
Mrs. Holt (Emily, Bob's wife)
Michael Hogan ...
Frank Pettingell ...
Eliot Makeham ...
Eve Gray ...
Sydney Fairbrother ...
Mrs. Grebe (The Crank)
Sam Wilkinson ...
The Stutterer
Viola Compton ...
Miss Smith
John Lloyd ...
The Steward
Nelson Keys ...
The Frenchman


Bob Holt's last journey as a Railway engine driver before his retirement, a journey disturbed by his distress at leaving the Railway, and his suspicions of the relationship between his wife and his fireman. Aboard the train are a pair of pickpockets, a honeymoon couple, a drunk, a temperance pamphleteer and a host of familiar types, all more-or-less bizarre in characteristically English ways. Bob takes an unexpected course of action, and the characters start interacting in varied and unexpected ways. When, at last, the train stops, all has been resolved, but not as might have been expected at the beginning of the journey. Written by Stewart Naunton <>

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train | railway


Drama | Crime





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27 April 1936 (USA)  »

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O Drama do Rápido 23  »

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Surprises in this thirties British support.
16 August 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Despite the decades of subsidised film study in Britain, little is known about their pre-Korda years. Critics and thesis writers have been inhibited by the lack of plagiarisable material and the awfulness of much of what was about.

The neglect of Maurice Elvey's films is the most obvious result but here is a modest English program entertainment which reverses expectations. Script and performance are less than imposing as passengers with problems accumulate but the energy is startling in the staging of the story of the demented engine driver taking the Mulchester (!) local round the curves at lethal speed, filmed air to rail, road to rail and rail to rail as the racing car, plane and goods trains run level with the speeding passenger local, in the best silent serial traditions.Rail freaks will be delighted by the documentary like coverage of procedures and equipment.

Director Vorhaus developed a following when David Lean named him as mentor but most of his output is mediocre or worse. This one suggests Lean may have known something we don't.

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