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Midnight Limited (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 20 March 1940 (USA)
The Phantom Robber gets a fortune in jewels and some valuable papers from a robbery on the crack train "The Midnight Limited" and Val Lennon and his pretty assistant, Joan Marshall, are on ... See full summary »


Howard Bretherton


Harrison Carter (original screenplay), Charles Williams (original screenplay) (as C.B. Williams)

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Complete credited cast:
John 'Dusty' King ... Val Lennon (as John King)
Marjorie Reynolds ... Joan Marshall
George Cleveland ... Prof. Van Dillon
Edward Keane ... Capt. Harrigan
Monte Collins Monte Collins ... Abel Krantz (as Monty Collins)
I. Stanford Jolley ... Frenchie
Pat Flaherty ... Train Conductor
Herbert Ashley Herbert Ashley ... Trainman (as Herb Ashley)
Lita Chevret ... Mae Krantz


The Phantom Robber gets a fortune in jewels and some valuable papers from a robbery on the crack train "The Midnight Limited" and Val Lennon and his pretty assistant, Joan Marshall, are on his trail. But the Phantom strikes three more times and adds murder to his list. Val decides to use himself as bait, although Chief Harrigan and Joan beg him not to risk his life. But Val, disguised as a wealthy Canadian, boards the train for a rendezvous with a killer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The thrill-splattered romance of a girl who had to turn detective in self-defense! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

20 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El crimen nocturno See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented telecasts in Syracuse Wednesday 15 June 1949 on WHEN (Channel 8), in New York City Friday 22 July 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11) , in Detroit Monday 8 August 1949 on WXYZ (Channel7), in Los Angeles Tuesday 27 September 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in Cincinnati Sunday 6 November 1949 on WLW-T (Channel 4). See more »


Obvious parallel-moving rounded floodlight-beams from movie-10K's that sweep across and "follow" the general movement of the groups of passengers as they head towards the trains, when Val and Joan are first shown observing the passengers. See more »


Quiet Hands
Written by Harrison Carter
Sung by John 'Dusty' King
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Lots of talk and "motion" don't add up to much of a mystery.
26 January 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

While on a train trip to Montreal a woman is robbed of some valuable papers and man is robbed of some jewels by a man who comes in the night and shines a light in their faces. The robber then disappears off the train and into the night. The woman, needing the papers to collect an inheritance goes to the police. who then direct him to Val Lennon, who is investigating a rash of robberies on the train. The woman hooks up with Lennon and they begin to look into the robberies, which soon turn deadly.

Almost coldly clinical, even if the film has some romance and a musical number, this film didn't really work for me. The film is much too talky for an hour long mystery (The interrogation scene early on seems to go one for an hour instead of 5 or 6 minutes) and there are times when very little actually happens despite "movement" (how many trips are actually made?). It also doesn't help that the script seems to clue us in as to whats going on much too early simply as a means of keeping us interested. The cast, of B movie and supporting stalwarts is quite good, though they seem to be simply running back and forth needlessly instead of actually solving a mystery.

You can try it if you catch it on TV but otherwise I'd skip it.

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