A mentally unstable secretary finally catches up to her cruel former boss and makes him listen to what she has to say, at gunpoint.

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Mr. Blake commutes to work by train and is followed by a Miss Dent who is obviously desperate to speak to him. She sits next to him on the train and threatens to kill him if he doesn't listen to her. She has been hospitalized for eight months after suffering a mental breakdown. It seems she once worked as his secretary but lived a very lonely life with few friends. After spending the night together however, Blake has her fired and she is clearly intent on revenge. Written by garykmcd

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25 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Riveting Train Ride
10 March 2014 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

I just watched "The Five-Forty-Eight" last night and was riveted. I'm quite surprised to see the lukewarm reviews here. John Brahm, the director, had a penchant for noirish, anxiety-laden night pieces like this one ("The Five-Forty-Eight" in fact has a similar feel to the Twilight Zone episode "Mirror Image", also directed by Brahm.) Phyllis Thaxter is terrific as the lonely, fragile secretary who goes over the edge after being jilted by Zachary Scott's weak, cad businessman. Brahm ratchets up the tension and suspense by having Thaxter narrate the back-story in flashback while holding Scott at gunpoint on a commuter train. The final scene, with Thaxter marching Scott like an execution squad out to a field outside the train station, had me guessing all the way how it would end. A must see!


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