Four Star Playhouse: Season 1, Episode 9

The Man on the Train (15 Jan. 1953)

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Episode cast overview:
William Langford
Lowell Gilmore ...
Jeff Pender
John Dwerrihouse
Walter Kingsford ...
Sir Charles
Reginald Sheffield ...
Inspector Blaney
Alex Frazer ...
Jean Willes ...
Allyson Pender (as Jean Willis)
Gordon Richards ...
David Thursby ...


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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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A Jolly Good Ghost Story
8 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this segment of "Four Star Playhouse" when I was about nine years old. I had a slight fever and was watching it while lying on the living room couch while my mom, dad, and grandma sat in chairs beside me. "The Man on the Train" (NOT "Man on a Train")scared the willies out of me at the time, and each time I think of it, I STILL get the willies.

David Niven plays a London businessman who has an extremely eerie encounter with a stranger on a train (with apologies to Alfred Hitchcock.) No blood, no gore, just chills galore.

Daniel Cohen, in his superb book "Railway Ghosts and Highway Horrors" masterfully retells this story. Whether Cohen meant his tale to be taken as a true tale of terror, or one of fiction is a matter of conjecture, but whichever way it is taken, as a tale, a re-telling of a real incident, or a superb TV show, "The Man on the Train" has to be one the greatest ghost stories of all time.

The TV version is available on budget DVD, under the title "Four Star Playhouse, Volume One."

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