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Director:
Writers:
Earl Felton (screen play)
Martin Goldsmith (story) ...
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Release Date:
4 May 1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
"She's the one for that bullet--not me!" - Night train West---carrying two mystery women. The secret of one can blast the crime syndicate wide open---and the key killers dare not let it happen! See more »
Plot:
A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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(15 articles)
User Reviews:
Perhaps the best B movie of all time? See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles McGraw ... Det. Sgt. Walter Brown

Marie Windsor ... Mrs. Frankie Neal

Jacqueline White ... Ann Sinclair
Gordon Gebert ... Tommy Sinclair
Queenie Leonard ... Mrs. Troll

David Clarke ... Joseph Kemp
Peter Virgo ... Densel

Don Beddoe ... Det. Sgt. Gus Forbes
Paul Maxey ... Sam Jennings
Harry Harvey ... Train Conductor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Brocco ... Vincent Yost (uncredited)
Ivan Browning ... Waiter (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Accomplice Running Newsstand (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Tenant in Apartment House Hallway (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... Reporter (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Don Haggerty ... Det. Wilson (uncredited)
Clarence Hargrave ... Waiter (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ... Redcap (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Tenant (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Johnny Lee ... Waiter (uncredited)
William A. Lee ... Newsstand Owner (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Officer Allen (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Edgar Murray ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Telegraph Attendant (uncredited)
George Sawaya ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Jasper Weldon ... Porter (uncredited)
Napoleon Whiting ... Redcap (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Earl Felton (screen play)

Martin Goldsmith (story) and
Jack Leonard (story)

Produced by
Stanley Rubin .... producer
 
Cinematography by
George E. Diskant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Swink (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Jack Okey 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
William Stevens (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Adele Balkan (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Dorfman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
Francis M. Sarver .... sound (as Francis Sarver)
 
Music Department
Gene Rose .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leith Stevens .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Dave Torbett .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
71 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1952) | Norway:16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #14631) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
Other than a few brief moments in which a phonograph is playing, there is no music in the soundtrack.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the character of nine year old Tommy Sinclair (Gordon Gebert) first appears, his traveling nurse clearly calls him "Tony". For the rest of the film he's called "Tommy", the character's official name.See more »
Quotes:
Joseph Kemp:All right copper, I'm not in this alone, but you are. You're just one guy buckin' a big company, it don't matter if you beat my brains out or not - we're in business for keeps.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Fatal Instinct (1993)See more »

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51 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Perhaps the best B movie of all time?, 25 January 2005
Author: Dire_Straits from United States

I'm a huge Charles McGraw fan. Every film he had a large part in, he excels and makes the film better.

Having seen this film 4 or 5 times, my respect for it has grown over the years.

The cinematography isn't perfect - the film probably could have benefited by staying dark and grainy as it seems to be in the early, night scenes.

The taut train scenes seem too bright, but there's nothing wrong with it, simply my preference. A darker train would have made for a more sinister film. Even so, there's plenty of excitement.

The crackling dialogue between Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor is consistently sharp. Seriously, you will have a hard time finding anything more bitter than those two. I'm not sure any other male-female could have made the dialogue (which in a 1950's way is almost corny) come off so terse, as they continuously bark at each other. Someone needs to count the number of times McGraw tells Windsor to "Shut up!".

The film has some exciting twists and turns; you'll enjoy each one.

Great story, solid performances all the way around. This is a FUN movie.

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