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A train disaster is told as four short stories to give character studies of the people involved, how it will affect them and how they deal with it.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Warner ...
Jim Hardcastle (segment "The Engine Driver")
Gladys Henson ...
Mrs Hardcastle (segment "The Engine Driver")
Susan Shaw ...
Doris Hardcastle (segment "The Engine Driver")
Patric Doonan ...
Ron Stacey (segment "The Engine Driver")
Philip Dale ...
Hardcastle's fireman (segment "The Engine Driver")
Miles Malleson ...
Johnson - The Timekeeper (segment "The Engine Driver")
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Stacey's Fireman (segment "The Engine Driver")
Joan Dowling ...
Ella (segment "The Prisoner-of-War")
Will Ambro ...
Lancashire Railwayman (segment "The Engine Driver")
Laurence Payne ...
Richard (segment "The Prisoner-of-War")
Olga Lindo ...
Mrs. Bailey (segment "The Prisoner-of-War")
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Stella (segment "The Composer")
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Irina Norozova (segment "The Composer")
John Clements ...
Raymond Hillary (segment "The Composer")
John Gregson ...
Malcolm Murray-Bruce (segment "The Composer")
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A train disaster is told as four short stories to give character studies of the people involved, how it will affect them and how they deal with it.

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Laughter, Love, Suspense and Thrills in a Film of a Fateful Journey

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23 December 1949 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Het noodlot slaat toe  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

First full length feature film of Mark Dignam. See more »

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As the train approaches the level crossing where the crash takes place it is traveling through open countryside. Yet during the rescue operation after the crash a bridge is clearly visible at a point 30 to 40 meters behind the train. See more »

Soundtracks

These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
(uncredited)
Music by Jack Strachey
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
Played in Philip's apartment
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Catch this train
15 December 2002 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Train of Events' was a critical and commercial failure in its time but if you like these British films as much as I do I think you'll find plenty to enjoy here.

'Compendium' films were popular in the late Forties, several were made from the short stories of Somerset Maugham and then there was the greatest of them all 'Dead of Night'. 'Train of Events ', hardly in that class, contains four stories which all culminate on a train which we saw crashing in the opening scenes. So, like 'Friday the Thirteenth' ( a great portmanteau movie made in 1933) the climax is a matter of virtue rewarded and villainy punished as not everyone survives.

Interestingly television is quite strongly featured for the time (1949), a wind-up gramophone looks much more appropriate!

Valerie Hobson is first actor credited though her role is no larger than several others, she plays the forgiving wife of a philandering husband. In real life Hobson was married to British cabinet minister John Profumo whose relationship with Christine Keeler brought down a government in the sixties. Once again Life Imitates Art. In another story Peter Finch murders his faithless wife. He spouts chunks of Shakespeare, looked gaunt and middle-aged to me.

The model-work at the climax is satisfyingly convincing, I recommend 'Train of Events'


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