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Terror on a Train (1953)
"Time Bomb" (original title)

 -  Thriller  -  14 July 1953 (USA)
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When a terrorist plants a bomb on board a train, the police call in an army bomb disposal expert to find, and dismantle it, but after it has been made safe, he has another shock in store.

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Peter Lyncort
Anne Vernon ...
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Jim Warrilow
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Victor Maddern ...
Saboteur
Harold Warrender ...
Sir Evelyn Jordan
John Horsley ...
Constable Charles Baron
Campbell Singer ...
Inspector Branson
Bill Fraser ...
Constable J. Reed
Herbert C. Walton ...
Charlie
Martin Wyldeck ...
Sergeant Collins
Arthur Hambling ...
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Harry Locke ...
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Frank Atkinson ...
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Ernest Butcher ...
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A terrorist has placed a bomb on board a train transporting sea mines to Portsmouth. The train is stopped but near a small town, which actually exacerbates the problem. In desperation, the local authorities contact Peter Lyncort, a former Canadian Royal Engineers munitions expert, and ask him to help them dismantle the explosive device. Peter accepts the assignment. He is given no more than five hours to achieve his dangerous mission. Written by Guy Bellinger

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14 July 1953 (USA)  »

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Three years earlier in Seven Days to Noon (1950), actor Victor Maddern had played the role of the soldier who shoots the mad bomber. However here, in a reversal of sorts, Maddern plays the part of the mad bomber. See more »

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Sue les quais du vieux Paris
Music by Ralph Erwin
Lyrics by Louis Poterat (uncredited)
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Looks great...and that's about it
23 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is exactly the type of film that frustrates me the most. Great cast, great director, great story potential, then they ruin it all with a screenplay that goes nowhere...and says nothing while going there! There is no depth here whatsoever. No depth of characters, no depth of plot, no depth of surprise, suspense, or common sense. We know what's happening, we are told how they plan to fix the problem, they fix the problem, throw a surprise at us near the end that fails to generate any suspense, then they end the film abruptly. Wasted opportunity.

On the plus side, Glenn Ford leads a cast of UK (and one French) actors who are all fantastic, doing an incredibly impressive job with the one-dimensional writing they were given. One of the absolute favorites is Herbert Walton as "Old Charlie", who provides some wonderful bits of humor and warmth to a dark and serious film. I also thought the film had a great look to it...all shadows and fog...very film noir in feel.

Even though the actors do the best they can and the directing is enjoyable, it still just isn't enough for me to recommend spending the time to view the film. There are far better Glenn Ford movies out there: The Big Heat, Gilda, Affair in Trinidad, etc.


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