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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Real low rent thriller.

7/10
Author: gordonl56 from Canada
6 April 2008

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Night Freight - 1955

This one had some real potential, but is defeated by it's low production values.

Forrest Tucker is the boss of a small railway who is in conflict with the local trucking mob. Thomas Gomez, the mob boss, does not like the fact that Tucker's railway is cutting into his profits. He does all he can do to sabotage the railway.

Rail blockages, false alarms and the odd beating are handed out in an effort to get his point across. Gomez even hires Tucker's brother, Keith Larson, who is at odds with his brother over a girl. Gomez pumps Larson for info on what would best help him throw a monkey-wrench into the railway's works.

Gomez however goes too far and plants explosives on a goods train. Larson sees the error of his ways and dispatches Gomez in a gun-battle. He then takes a breakneck train ride out of town in-order to get the explosives away before they explode.

With more of a budget, and an extra 10-15 mins to flesh out the story this could have been a decent film-noir. The cast is actually quite good, but can't save the film.

The filmed is helmed by veteran b director, Jean Yarbrough. Yarbrough did pump out several better low rent crime/noir films earlier in his career, such as, INSIDE JOB, FOOTSTEPS IN THE NIGHT, THE BRUTE MAN and SHED NO TEARS.

The look of the film is better than one would expect for bottom b programmer. Somenice scenes are cranked out by veteran b film and television lensman, Willam A Sickner. Sickner's work includes the noir, LOOPHOLE, FINGER MAN and CRY VENGEANCE.

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