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 highly entertaining ghost story.
19 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Four Star Playhouse" was a 1950s show that alternated four top stars in the lead in this weekly anthology series. Unfortunately, the original four star lineup changed quite a bit (especially the ladies) and it really could be called "Many More Than Four Star Playhouse"! However, despite this, the episodes I've seen were all quite good thanks to excellent acting and writing.

"The Man on the Train" begins with William Langford (David Niven) taking a train ride. An old casual acquaintance, John Dwerrihouse (Alan Napier) soon enters his compartment and they begin talking. During this conversation, Dwerrihouse behaves rather oddly--but it's difficult to put your finger on exactly what is going on with him. Obviously Langford feels the same way and when Dwerrihouse leaves the train, Langford tries to follow--but Dwerrihouse seems to have just vanished.

Later, when Langford mentions to some people about having seen Dwerrihouse on the train, they become indignant--he couldn't have seen him, as Dwerrihouse has been missing for some time. Plus, while Dwerrihouse told Langford many important details that would indicate the two HAD met on the train, some other details didn't match. What's going on?! Langford insists he's not making this up and he isn't crazy and the only thing that might explain all this is that Dwerrihouse was a ghost.

The biggest plus in this show is the acting. Such fine British actors as Niven, Napier and Rhys Williams certainly make the show exceptional. But fortunately, there's more than that--the writing and direction are also quite fine and make the show seem more like a short movie than just some TV show. Well worth seeing. And, if you want to see it, it's available for free download at

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