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Last Train from Bombay (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | August 1952 (USA)
Martin Viking, an American diplomat in India, is falsely accused on the killing of an Indian dignitary and sets out to prove his innocence while trying to find the location of explosions planed on a Bombay train by a group of terrorists.

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Martin Viking
Christine Larsen ...
Mary Anne Palmer
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Charlane
Douglas Kennedy ...
Kevin / Brian O'Hara (as Douglas R. Kennedy)
Michael Fox ...
Capt. Tamil
Donna Martell ...
Nawob's Daughter
Matthew Boulton ...
Col. Frederick Palmer
James Fairfax ...
Alfie - the Bartender
Gregory Gaye ...
B. Vornin aka The Lame One
Ken Terrell ...
Ceylonese Assassin
Frederic Berest ...
Ceylonese
Barry Brooks ...
Porter
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Martin Viking, an American diplomat in India, is falsely accused on the killing of an Indian dignitary and sets out to prove his innocence while trying to find the location of explosions planed on a Bombay train by a group of terrorists.

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At one point the diplomat steals a Beechcraft Model 18 from an alleged Indian airport. All the aircraft on the flightline are American models wearing U.S. N-registrations and the airport is obviously in Southern California due to the mountains and eucalyptus trees visible. The Beech he commandeers is a civilianized ex-USAAF AT-11 Kansan with the former bombardier glazed nose faired over with metal. Once airborne, the Beech shown is a round-nosed C-45 model. When the actor leaves the cockpit to bail out, another sideview of the C-45 shows a pilot still in the pilot's position. See more »

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Jon Hall feverishly tries to prevent a bomb from derailing a train
5 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Last Train from Bombay" is an adventure/thriller that looks good in black and white but is very uneven. At times, we get into the story and believe it, but then we are jarred out of being engaged by various negatives of the film, such as an implausible escape, stilted dialog, Indians who don't look or talk like Indians, and doubles in fight scenes who don't look like the principal, Jon Hall. It's a Hitchcock-tinged story in which Hall is wrongly being pursued by police for a murder while he has a mission of stopping a train carrying an Indian potentate before terrorists blow it up. Along the way, he has fights and narrow escapes, and he's involved in somewhat unexpected ways with two females. Director Fred Sears does what he can. The plot is not bad but the story and production clearly needed more work. Columbia Pictures was always a studio, especially nearer its inception, that did lesser pictures than the other major studios. This shows quite often in one way or another as in this film, although certainly Columbia made many fine films. Producer Sam Katzman managed to get some feeling of India into the sets, but the overall impact is uneven, making this a below-par production. A film like this is totally unlike today's action, adventure and thriller films, so that today's audiences are unlikely to see much merit in a film like this. However, those of us who saw this kind of film when we were young are more used to its inadequacies and willing to overlook them, while getting into the spirit of the thing. The IMDb rating of 5.6 is actually an accurate appraisal.


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