The Signalman (1976)

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A lonely Signalman is visited by a stranger.

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A lonely Signalman is visited by a stranger.

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In one shot, on a beam holding up the shelf on which is the signalling equipment, there are three detonators (a form of explosive warning for railway drivers used in fog) painted yellow. They were not painted yellow until the 1960s. See more »

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Version of Suspense: The Signal Man (1953) See more »

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The perfect ghost story adaptation
5 August 1999 | by (London) – See all my reviews

In the days when television could do this sort of thing...there has never to me been a more perfect adaptation of a ghost story. The location is spot-on, the performances beautifully polite but tense, and the atmosphere has to be experienced to be believed. Lawrence Gordon Clark, as with all the MR James adaptations, stays loyal to the notion of showing a little not a lot, and it works a treat. At forty minutes, it never outstays its welcome,and some of the camera work and individuals shots (eg Denholm Elliott standing at the mouth of the tunnel as smoke billows out behind him after the collision) and the night shot of the traveller returning to the inn are remarkable. Incomparable, and I am positive Dickens would approve.


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