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The Ghost Train (1941)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  3 May 1941 (UK)
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Hijinks and chills ensue when a group become stranded at an isolated station and a legendary phantom train approaches....

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Teddy Deakin (as Richard 'Stinker' Murdoch)
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Edna Hopking
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Herbert Perkins
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Ben Isaacs
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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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El tren fantasma  »

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When Winthrop is introduced as an all-rounder for the MCC, this indicates that he plays for the English cricket team (the MCC was the name used by the national side for many years) and played as a batsmen and a bowler. 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

Station Master: If this be a natural thing where do it come from, where do it go?
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Version of Der Geisterzug (1957) See more »

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Rock of Ages
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Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
Music by Richard Redhead
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My brief review of the film
20 December 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

With mostly gags and very little plot, this is an entertaining film overall but hardly a brilliant one. It improves a great deal after the one-hour mark though when the horror finally starts to seep through. The thriller and comedy elements of the film only work about half the time themselves, however there are still some amusing bits and the plot is reasonably intriguing. It is easy to see that the film was intended to be a showcase for Arthur Askey's talents. He does show talent here, but it can be questioned as to whether his comic antics could have been put to better use. On the positive side, the characters are relatively interesting, and those beginning credits are great. The film makes an interesting companion piece to 'Rome Express', also directed by Walter Forde, and also set on a train. This film is the weaker of the two but it is a slightly different approach to friendships between strangers on trains. It is worth a look in the end. If not a great film, it is a fairly enjoyable ride.


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