5.8/10
105
5 user 2 critic

Night Train to Murder (1983)

| Comedy, Thriller | 1984 (UK)
When Eric's niece Kathy becomes one of the heirs to a considerable fortune, her life (and those of the other heirs) is placed in jeopardy by the actions of a mysterious inter-loper.

Director:

(as Joe McGrath)

Writers:

(story), | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A chance meeting with a Schlecht agent forces a humble coffee shop manager into the secret world of spies in Swinging London. With the help of his MI5 friend, he poses as the recently dead ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Asher
Stars: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, William Franklyn
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Two salesmen travel to a small South American Country to peddle their wares. However the country is in the middle of a major conflict between the Government led by Diaz and the rebels led ... See full summary »

Director: Cliff Owen
Stars: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Margit Saad
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A pair of psychotic hoodlums and an equally demented nymphomaniac woman terrorize two young girls on a train trip from Germany to Italy.

Director: Aldo Lado
Stars: Flavio Bucci, Macha Méril, Gianfranco De Grassi
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

It's a great film and you could write a thesis about why two working class lads from the North of England share the money - Eric wins it, Ernie takes it - but that's showbusiness.

Director: Cliff Owen
Stars: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Suzanne Lloyd
Rising Damp (1980)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Stingy English landlord Rigsby manages to scam his lodgers Cooper, an arts student, and Philip, an African jock, making both pay for a room they must share. However Rigsby's favorite lodger... See full summary »

Director: Joseph McGrath
Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Don Warrington
Comedy | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When Germany invades Czechoslovakia, the German and the British intelligence services try to capture Czech scientist Axel Bomasch, inventor of a new type of armor-plating.

Director: Carol Reed
Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Rex Harrison, Paul Henreid
Destroyer (1988)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A prison riot breaks out at the moment of a serial murderer's execution by electrocution, and his fate becomes indeterminate when the prison is shut down. 18 months later, a team of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Kirk
Stars: Deborah Foreman, Clayton Rohner, Lyle Alzado
A Ghost in Monte Carlo (TV Movie 1990)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Weary of her very public life in Paris, an aging courtesan takes her orphaned niece from her convent home and relocates to Monte Carlo to begin a new life. Determined to bury the past, the ... See full summary »

Director: John Hough
Stars: Sarah Miles, Oliver Reed, Christopher Plummer
The Advocate (1993)
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In medieval France, young lawyer Richard Courtois leaves Paris for the simpler life in the country. However, he is soon drawn into amorous and political intrigues. At the same time, he is ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Megahey
Stars: Colin Firth, Amina Annabi, Jim Carter
Dead Cold (Video 1995)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

When a carjacking leaves L.A. screenwriter Eric recovering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, wife Alicia nurses him back to health. Four months later, the two depart for a second ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Anderson
Stars: Lysette Anthony, Michael Champion, Peter Dobson
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The grandson of the world's first and foremost consulting detective and his bumbling, bionic sidekick attempt to catch the only living descendant of Professor Moriarty.

Director: Joseph McGrath
Stars: John Cleese, Arthur Lowe, Ron Moody
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Virginal nerd Jon Pigeon works in a peculiar sex research institute in which patients run about the corridors naked, nude aerobics are encouraged and where no man is safe from a crotch ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph McGrath
Stars: Barry Andrews, James Booth, Sally Faulkner
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Morecambe ...
Ernie Wise ...
Margaret Courtenay ...
Dame Flora
Kenneth Haigh ...
Cousin Milton / Cousin Homer
...
Mackay
...
Cousin Zelda
Richard Vernon ...
Uncle Felix
...
Kathy Chalmers
Roger Brierley ...
Chief Supt. Rivers
Edward Judd ...
Knife Thrower
Leonard Maguire ...
Great Uncle Robert (voice)
Ben Aris ...
Theatre Manager
Tony Boncza ...
Joe
Frank Coda ...
Stage Manager
Big Mike Crane ...
Big Jim
Edit

Storyline

When Eric's niece Kathy becomes one of the heirs to a considerable fortune, her life (and those of the other heirs) is placed in jeopardy by the actions of a mysterious inter-loper. Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Thriller

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1984 (UK)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Night Train to Murder was the "deal" that took Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise from the BBC to Thames Television, "the channel on the other-side". See more »

Goofs

In the 'Little Sir Echo' sequence in the lounge, Dame Flora falls back in her chair dead. Throughout the film her expression changes. See more »

Quotes

[the novel reveals that the villian gets away]
Eric: I don't know why you waste your money!
[throws the book away]
Eric: Come on!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Morecambe & Wise: In Their Own Words (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The End Of The Road For Eric And Ernie
6 January 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

In 1977, Morecambe and Wise were at the top of their game. Their Christmas Show of that year was watched by a staggering 28 million people. They had become a national institution.

So what made them quit the B.B.C.? Money? No, there was more to it than that. Thames Television had a feature film division - Euston Films - and Eric and Ernie, unhappy with their earlier big screen offerings, wanted a second bite of the celluloid cherry.

The result was 'Night Train To Murder' which, astonishingly, was made on videotape. Set in 1946, it stars our heroes as two down on their luck entertainers. Catherine, Eric's niece, turns up at the theatre where they are performing. Hiding in the wings is a masked assassin...

Sensing a chance to make some money, the lads appoint themselves her 'guardians'. Sinister lawyer Mackay goes with them to Scotland and here we get one of the film's few funny scenes as Eric and Ernie's Poker hands change each time their train enters a tunnel.

At Austin Hall, they encounter a cast of likely victims/suspects, amongst them battle axe Lady Flora, Velda the vamp, a Lurch-style butler and Kenneth Haigh in a variety of roles. Before you can say 'Cluedo', bodies fall out of closets, windows fly open, lightning flashes across the sky, and rats scurry in the basement.

On paper this all must have looked good. Alas, instead of being another 'The Cat And The Canary', it has more in common with Gene Wilder's 1986 turkey 'Haunted Honeymoon'. Eric and Ernie ( who co-wrote the script with director Joe McGrath ) made a mistake in trying a parody a genre exhausted through over parody. Everyone from The Two Ronnies to Frankie Howerd and Michael Palin has had a go at this subject matter at one time or another. With mostly greater success. Besides, Eric and Ernie were getting a bit long in the tooth by 1983; Eric in particular looks tired, which isn't surprising as he had recently undergone a heart operation.

But what really sinks the film is Joe McGrath's inept direction. His misjudges the mood of every scene; the scary bits don't scare, the funny bits...well, work it out for yourself. Despite the odd amusing moment, this misfires on all levels. Eric thought so too; it wasn't screened until well after his death. It was only sympathy for the loss of a great comedian that stopped this from being torn to pieces by the critics and public.


16 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Night Train to Murder (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?