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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 ...
Hugh Williams ...
Gerald Winter
Judy Gunn ...
Diana Gregory
Mickey Brantford ...
Tom
Julien Mitchell ...
Bob Holt
Olga Lindo ...
Mrs. Holt (Emily, Bob's wife)
Michael Hogan ...
Charlie
Frank Pettingell ...
Goddard
Eliot Makeham ...
Pip
Eve Gray ...
Daisy
Sydney Fairbrother ...
Mrs. Grebe (The Crank)
Sam Wilkinson ...
The Stutterer
Viola Compton ...
Miss Smith
John Lloyd ...
The Steward
Nelson Keys ...
The Frenchman
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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 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 <snaunton@online.ru>

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Sub-Hitch exciting comedy-thriller
26 December 2010 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This, had Hitch directed it, would have been considered one of his lesser efforts yet it has many of the elements and one of the stars, (Godfrey Tearle) of his "39 Steps" and lacks nothing in pace or sly humour. Hugh Williams was very much in the Robert Donat mould, albeit a national rather than international star.

www.britishpictures.com warns against the easy dismissal of British films post 1927 as "quota quickies" arguing that "The big budget Things To Come, for example, can't be regarded as a quota-quickie yet producer Alexander Korda came to Britain because of the protection the quota offered." while fully accepting that there were dreadful low budget efforts which came into being because of the quota.

This is all round, not less than a middle-ranking film in terms of stars,ambition, writing, direction and budget. Reminiscent of silent car/train chase films this steams along at a rattling pace but manages to amuse with the semi-comic conman and woman who get caught up in the plot.

Thoroughly entertaining but lacking the brilliance of the Master.


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