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Train of Events (1949)

Approved | | Drama | 23 December 1949 (Netherlands)
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")
Stacey's Fireman (segment "The Engine Driver")
Percy Walsh ...
District Superintendent
Will Ambro ...
Lancashire railwayman (segment "The Engine Driver")
Stella (segment "The Composer")
John Clements ...
Raymond Hillary (segment "The Composer")
Irina Norozova (segment "The Composer")
Malcolm Murray-Bruce (segment "The Composer")
Gwen Cherrell ...
Charmian (segment "The Composer")
Jacqueline Byrne ...
Television announcer (segment "The Composer")


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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Release Date:

23 December 1949 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Het noodlot slaat toe  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter Finch and Laurence Payne both receive "introducing" credits. See more »


At 1:13 a clean, rebuilt "Royal Scot" class 4-6-0, number 46126, backs onto and couples up with the carriages forming the express in the station. At 1:14:52 the train leaves the station headed by a scruffy "Jubilee" class 4-6-0. See more »


Doris Hardcastle (segment "The Engine Driver"): Oh, it's you...
Ron Stacey (segment "The Engine Driver"): Well, don't overwhelm me ducks. I dunno as my poor old ticker'll stand it.
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These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
Music by Jack Strachey and Harry Link
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
Played in Philip's apartment
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A Crash Waiting to Happen
5 February 2014 | by (london) – See all my reviews

Compenium films such as these were very popular in the late forties.Naturally their success rides and falls on the quality of the story.Alas in this case only one of the stories is worth telling.The Valerie Hobson/John Clements story is truly awful.Jack Warners domestic problems seem more like an episode of the Huggetts.The ex German POW story has some promise but becomes repetitive.The Peter Finch/Mary Morris story is quite good but is undermined by the somewhat ridiculous proposition that a murderer would cart the dead body of his wife around in a theatrical basket.The fact that there is a good cast,and a strong band of writers and directors make it all the more disappointing.The most interesting aspect of the film is the considerable location work,which includes a view of the late lamented Euston arch.

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