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Spy Train (1943)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 9 July 1943 (USA)
A train leaves Los Angeles with a Nazi spy, a woman, a reporter, their respective sidekicks, and the wrong suitcase: one with a bomb in it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Grant
Jane Thornwall
Stew Stewart
Thelma White ...
Frieda Molte
Herman Krantz
Hugo Molte
Max Thornwald
Stephen Roberts ...
Anderson #1 (as Steve Roberts)
Anderson #2
Dick Rush ...
Sam - Train Conductor
Bill Hunter ...
Lead Detective
Barbara Mace ...
Minor Role
Minor Role
William Kellogg ...
Detective (as Bill Kellogg)


A train leaves Los Angeles with a Nazi spy, a woman, a reporter, their respective sidekicks, and the wrong suitcase: one with a bomb in it.

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Crime | Drama






Release Date:

9 July 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Time Bomb  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Los Angeles Saturday 3 December 1949 on KECA (Channel 7), in New York City Tuesday 27 December 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), and in San Francisco Wednesday 4 January 1950 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »


A single-note diesel-locomotive horn is heard as the steam locomotive leaves the station. See more »


[first lines]
Bruce Grant: Did you get the picture, Stew?
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Why would you trust an important mission to Warren Hymer?
24 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Spy Train is a World War II era where reporter Richard Travis and sidekick photographer Chick Chandler are pursuing heiress Catherine Craig and maid Thelma White on a cross country train where most of the film is set. Craig is the daughter of newspaper publisher Herbert Hayes who was until recently publishing expose articles from Travis about Nazi Germany and has stopped without reason and is holed up on his estate.

At the same time some Nazis are aboard the train played by Paul McVey and Evelyn Brent and they've got a pair of suitcases on their. But when you trust Warren Hymer to do a job you've got to expect the inevitable results. One contains a bomb, an act of terrorism more familiar with today's times and the second a list of underground contacts in the USA.

Now McVey and Brent have to stop the bomb until they can get the baggage with the list. As for Travis, he's seen those two before, but it takes him the whole film to remember where and when.

Everybody just goes through the motions here. What can I say, cheap sets, sloppy editing, and perfunctory performances. A typical Monogram Picture.

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