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 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") (as Patrick Doonan in opening credits)
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")
Percy Walsh ...
District Superintendent
Will Ambro ...
Lancashire railwayman (segment "The Engine Driver")
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Stella (segment "The Composer")
John Clements ...
Raymond Hillary (segment "The Composer")
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Irina Norozova (segment "The Composer")
John Gregson ...
Malcolm Murray-Bruce (segment "The Composer")
Gwen Cherrell ...
Charmian (segment "The Composer")
Jacqueline Byrne ...
Television announcer (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)  »

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First film of Laurence Payne. See more »

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Within the first minute and a half of the film the locomotive pulling the Euston to Liverpool express varies several times in cut shots from the largest 4-6-2 "Duchess" express locomotive to a variety of different, smaller 4-6-0 locomotives, variously with or without smoke deflectors, with single or double chimneys, with tapered or parallel boilers and with different numbers and tender insignias ("British Railways" or "LMS"). At one point a "Duchess" is seen again. Locomotive classes seen pulling the same train without it stopping thus include "Duchess", "Jubilee", "Patriot" and "Royal Scot". See more »

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The Legend of Lancelot (Piano Concerto)
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Train of non-events
30 May 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The film starts with a train crash and then spends its bulk describing 4 separate situations that leads to various characters being on board the doomed train. We then return to the crash and see its aftermath.

Sounds better than it is. The film starts impressively with the force and speed of the train filmed very dramatically. This is far and away the best part of the film and provides a very powerful opening. As we meet the characters, the film gets boring and sadly, that awful unfunny British humour rears its ugly head in a couple of scenes. Trying to endear the audience to old guys by getting them to imitate a chicken or a goldfish just isn't funny to me.

Aside from the naff comedy, the cast aren't very good. This is because either the characters are weak, such as Joan Dowling (Ella), to the point where we don't care about her fate, or else they are just difficult to like. A case in point is pretty much everyone else apart from Valerie Hobson (Stella).

Pianist Irina Baronova (Irina) and composer John Clements (Raymond) are painfully embarrassing and it's all a bit of an anti-climax when so many of this dull ensemble actually survive what looks like a crash that should have resulted in many more fatalities. Oh well, better luck next time! The film scores for the excellent beginning and a confrontational scene between husband and wife Peter Finch (Philip) and Mary Morris (Louise). If the film had concentrated on developing this story in a dramatic fashion, I would be talking about a much better film. But even this little vignette is ruined by absurdity as demonstrated by what Peter Finch decides to pack in his luggage. In his LUGGAGE! To take with him! Dumb film.


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