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Charles Dickens (story)
Andrew Davies (adaptation)
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Release Date:
22 December 1976 (UK) See more »
A lonely Signalman is visited by a stranger. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Celebrating the chilling ghost stories of M.R. James
 (From Den of Geek. 20 December 2016, 3:44 AM, PST)

The Greatest Ghost Stories Ever Written
 (From Flickeringmyth. 29 October 2016, 7:40 AM, PDT)

The devil's work
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 26 October 2013, 4:51 AM, PDT)

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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Denholm Elliott ... The Signalman

Bernard Lloyd ... The Traveller
Reginald Jessup ... The Engine Driver
Carina Wyeth ... The Bride

Directed by
Lawrence Gordon Clark 
Writing credits
Charles Dickens (story)

Andrew Davies (adaptation)

Produced by
Rosemary Hill .... producer
Original Music by
Stephen Deutsch 
Cinematography by
David Whitson 
Film Editing by
Peter Evans 
Production Design by
Don Taylor 
Costume Design by
Christine Rawlins 
Makeup Department
Toni Chapman .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Colin March .... sound recordist
Brian Watkins .... dubbing mixer
Other crew
Vee Openshaw-Taylor .... production assistant
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37 min
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Filmed on the Severn Valley Railway.See more »
Factual errors: The signalman uses a red flag to stop the train whereas it is clear that a home signal is provided.See more »
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Chilling, 27 April 2006
Author: SBULGACS1 from United Kingdom

I remember watching this movie as a kid and then again late at night a few years ago. I had to be honest totally forgotten about it until I was recently researching ghost stories. Well to say that I had totally forgotten about it is wrong, when watching movies such as The others this movie always sprung to mind. This short is full of atmosphere and suspense it is a ghost chiller in the purest sense and we are never really sure if the entire thing is in the signalman's mind or not. This pure fact alone makes it superior to most modern Hollywood attempts, were you work out in the first five minutes what is going on and how it will all work out. I would recommend this short to all fans of chillers as the ending even when watched in the day is still shocking. If you are a sensitive type though I would keep clear.

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