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A somewhat daffy book editor on a rail trip from Los Angeles to Chicago thinks that he sees a murdered man thrown from the train. When he can find no one who will believe him, he starts doing some investigating of his own. But all that accomplishes is to get the killer after him. Written by
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Is there any way to get to the engine from here?
There's no way to get to the engine at all. How come we're going so fast?
There's nobody driving the train.
Oh, that's impossible. The train would stop.
Does it look like it is stopping to you?
[looks out the window]
Sure in the hell don't. I'm gonna pull the emergency brake.
The emergency brakes have been cut.
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A very solid effort for the comedic duo of Wilder and Pryor
This is THE film to see, if you're a fan of either Gene Wilder or Richard Pryor. Although Pryor's stay in the film is rather short, it is perhaps his greatest comedic work outside of his monumental stand up routines. A combination, the Lady Vanishes, and slap stick, this film succeeds because it blends these elements together in a way that makes the flow easy and entertaining. These are situations and reactions to them, that we the audience can envision ourselves partaking in. They don't get crazy mad cap like in an Abbot and Costello film, and yet they don't take themselves too seriously either. A great end to the film, with a truly amazing crash through Chicago Union Station by a runaway Locomotive.
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