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Terror on a Train (1953)

Time Bomb (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 14 July 1953 (USA)
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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Janine Lyncort
Maurice Denham ...
Jim Warrilow
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Vicar
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Saboteur
Harold Warrender ...
Sir Evelyn Jordan
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Constable Charles Baron
Campbell Singer ...
Inspector Branson
Bill Fraser ...
Constable J. Reed
Herbert C. Walton ...
Charlie
Martin Wyldeck ...
Sergeant Collins
Arthur Hambling ...
Train Driver
Harry Locke ...
Train Fireman
Frank Atkinson ...
Guard
Ernest Butcher ...
Martindale
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Storyline

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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Can they ... will they ... stop that terror on a train. See more »


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14 July 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death at Attention  »

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Budget:

$975,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Arthur Hambling who plays the Train Driver died before release. See more »

Soundtracks

Sur les quais du vieux Paris
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Erwin
Lyrics by Louis Poterat
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Too much wife too little bomb
24 October 2015 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

A film that spends more time with the domestic problems of a bomb defuser and his wife than it does with bomb defusing can't be all good. It's not all bad either and makes up for being slim on material by being rather short. There is one excellent shot/sequence panning from the parked train ready to explode to the nearby graveyard and then to a nearby pub full of unsuspecting people singing "Show me the way to go home." It's too bad the movie doesn't have more of this type of thing. The film loses suspense by constantly cutting away from the bomb search to routine domestic scenes of the wife bitching and moaning while trying to catch a train out of town. This whole French wife complaining earns little audience interest or sympathy these days. I guess at the time that whole aspect was for women in the audience where today they tend to make this kind of film for guys and leave the women out of it entirely or have them only as victims. Though in this case that might have been better--it just spends so little time with the whole race against time aspect of the story. The resolution to the wife thing is lame though the resolution to the bomb aspect is satisfying. A director more interested in bombs and the detail of the race against time, and a script with a lot less clichéd domestic melodrama would have helped. All pro level production, photography and acting helps but can't overcome the shortcomings and almost non-characterization of the principal characters. Ford doesn't appear until almost 15 minutes into the film. More music would help as well.


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