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Spy Train (1943)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  9 July 1943 (USA)
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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:
Richard Travis ...
Bruce Grant
Catherine Craig ...
Jane Thornwall
Chick Chandler ...
Stew Stewart
Thelma White ...
Frieda Molte
Warren Hymer ...
Herman Krantz
Paul McVey ...
Hugo Molte
Herbert Heyes ...
Max Thornwald
Stephen Roberts ...
Anderson #1 (as Steve Roberts)
Forrest Taylor ...
Anderson #2
Dick Rush ...
Sam - Train Conductor
Bill Hunter ...
Lead Detective
Barbara Mace ...
Minor Role
Caroline Burke ...
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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spy | train | timebomb | See All (3) »


Crime | Drama






Release Date:

9 July 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Time Bomb  »

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1.37 : 1
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The female spy passes a note in which she mentions a concert of music by Haydn - but she spells it HEDYN. See more »


[first lines]
Bruce Grant: Did you get the picture, Stew?
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Leave this train on a siding
4 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've watched a lot of movies lately that were made during WWII and deal with Nazis and spies. Some are clever and engaging; this one is a by-the-numbers plot with the cheap production values you've come to expect from Monogram.

The "McGuffin" of the plot is a bomb in a suitcase, which has been mistakenly switched with a suitcase full of Nazi spy information. Of course, the bomb ends up on a moving train, which the director reminds us of incessantly with shots of the bomb-laden suitcase superimposed over a moving train. There is little actual tension on board; it's more like a commedia dell'arte farce with people moving in and out of various rooms, carrying suitcases, tying people up, etc.

The Nazi spy ring is full of dopey-looking American actors. How can we tell that they are Nazis? Why, they use the required words "dummkopf" and "schweinhund," and do a lot of bossing other people around.

The B-grade cast has virtually no chemistry. The "romances" and "buddy plot" never really click. There are so many GOOD WWII spy films; don't waste your time on this predictable potboiler.

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