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The Mystery Train (1931)

A group of passengers are trapped in a runaway Pullman car.


Phil Whitman (as Philip H. Whitman)


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Cast overview:
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Marian Radcliffe
Marceline Day ... Joan Lane
Nick Stuart ... Ronald Stanhope
Bryant Washburn ... William Mortimer
Al Cooke ... The Bridegroom (as Albert Cooke)
Mary MacLaren ... Nurse (as Mary McLaren)
Carol Tevis Carol Tevis ... The Bride
Joseph W. Girard ... Sheriff (as Joseph Girard)
Spec O'Donnell Spec O'Donnell ... Caddy (as Speck O'Donnell)
Eddie Fetherston Eddie Fetherston ... Archie Benson (as Eddie Fetherstone)


A group of passengers are trapped in a runaway Pullman car.

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Release Date:

1 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noturno Sinistro See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the end of the movie a close up of a newspaper has a misspelling when it lists train passengers and includes "Two *Unidetified* Train Bandits." See more »


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Hedda Hopper in Charge in Quickie Entertaining Programmer!
26 September 2016 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Hedda Hopper, respected and feared Hollywood gossip columnist, began her Hollywood career acting in bit parts. In this pre-Code quickie, she has a rare leading role as a society lady whose estate is dwindling fast and in order to save her "assets," she hatches a plan to inherit money. The train she's on derails and she befriends and uses a young lady who is running from the law. She vouches for her and makes her masquerade as her niece to marry into a wealthy family. Therefore, as the Aunt, she will then come into some very valuable jewelry she has been coveting. This exciting and fast-paced programmer has some predictable complications as the young man/victim and the "niece" fall in love, and she doesn't like lying to him. But Hedda threatens to expose her if she doesn't comply with this temporary deception. Logic flies out the window here. What does Hedda expect to happen – to get away with her shenanigans? But this little film is long on entertainment and has a very exciting finale on a runaway train. Every once in a while, I find a film I love to talk about and recommend to real film lovers; this is my latest one! "Mystery Train" is a long- lost film classic that should be discovered today!

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