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The Ghost Train (1941)

Hijinks and chills ensue when a group of people become stranded at an isolated station and a legendary phantom train approaches.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arthur Askey ...
Richard Murdoch ...
Teddy Deakin (as Richard 'Stinker' Murdoch)
Kathleen Harrison ...
Peter Murray-Hill ...
Carole Lynne ...
Morland Graham ...
Betty Jardine ...
Edna Hopking
Stuart Latham ...
Herbert Lomas ...
Raymond Huntley ...
John Price
Linden Travers ...
D.J. Williams ...
Ben Isaacs
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Storyline

Mismatched travellers are stranded overnight at a lonely rural railway station. They soon learn of local superstition about a phantom train which is said to travel these parts at dead of night, carrying ghosts from a long-ago train wreck in the area. The travelers eventually get to the bottom of the things that go bump in the night. In between the scary bits, comedian Arthur Askey plays the gags with his Vaudeville style humor, to the constant irritation of his fellow passengers. Written by Neil Bridger

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5 May 1941 (UK)  »

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El tren fantasma  »

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Trivia

Tommy Gander makes a comment about the parrot singeing its 'parson's nose'. The 'parson's nose' is a nickname for the pygostyle, the fleshy protuberance visible at the posterior end of a chicken that has been prepared for cooking. It has a swollen appearance because it also contains the uropygial gland that produces preen oil. See more »

Goofs

When Teddy shoots at the 'ghost' on the platform, he uses what appears to be a 1910 Model Browning automatic, a popular police and civilian pistol of the time; but when he re-enters the waiting room he is holding a 1901 Model Browning, quite different in appearance. Later when the villain Price threatens the passengers on the bus, he now has the M1910. See more »

Quotes

Gander: You can't stay 'ere!
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Version of De spooktrein (1939) See more »

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Oh Dear what can the matter be
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Sung by Arthur Askey
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The ghosts of Askey's past
16 May 2004 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

The question of whether or not one likes this film version of "The Ghost Train" invariably depends on one thing and one thing alone: your reaction to the performance of Arthur Askey.

He tends to steal almost every scene he's in, and not always in a good way. Sometimes you wish he'd settle down or back off just a little, to allow the plot's many characters to feature and develop (which they do to some extent). But somehow everything keeps pointing back to Askey's Tommy Gander character.

Personally I like the film, and even like Askey to an extent. I always seem to plonk it into the vcr at those odd hours of the early morning when I can't sleep and really can't find the energy to watch anything else. There is something about watching old b/w movies in the quiet dark of pre-dawn that I find appealing....


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