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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
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Sir Evelyn Jordan
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Constable Charles Baron
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Constable J. Reed
Herbert C. Walton ...
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Arthur Hambling ...
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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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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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odd little film
25 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Terror on a Train" or "Time Bomb" is a black and white British film made in 1953. The entire budget seemingly went to pay Glenn Ford's salary, and one wonders why he's in it at all. The story concerns a bomb planted on a train; the Ford character is called in to find it. The secondary story, completely unnecessary, is about his unhappy home life.

This film could have been much more interesting, atmospheric, and suspenseful. Unfortunately, it isn't. The handsome Ford has nothing to do - a chimpanzee could have played the part. Did he need the money or was this to fulfill a contractual obligation? The ending is somewhat suspenseful but raises a question about the Ford character's expertise. I won't spoil it in case you want to see the film, but surely you can find something better to do with your time.


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