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The Ghost Train (1941)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 5 May 1941 (UK)
High jinks and chills ensue when a group of people become stranded at an isolated station and a legendary phantom train approaches.

Director:

Walter Forde

Writers:

Arnold Ridley (based on the famous play by), J.O.C. Orton (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arthur Askey ... Tommy Gander
Richard Murdoch Richard Murdoch ... Teddy Deakin (as Richard {Stinker} Murdoch)
Kathleen Harrison ... Miss Bourne
Peter Murray-Hill ... R.G. Winthrop
Carole Lynne Carole Lynne ... Jackie Winthrop
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... Dr. Sterling
Betty Jardine Betty Jardine ... Edna
Stuart Latham Stuart Latham ... Herbert
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Saul Hodgkin
Raymond Huntley ... Price
Linden Travers ... Julia Price
D.J. Williams D.J. Williams ... Ben Isaacs
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Storyline

Mismatched travellers are stranded overnight at a lonely rural railway station. They soon learn of local superstition about a phantom train which is said to travel these parts at dead of night, carrying ghosts from a long-ago train wreck in the area. The travelers eventually get to the bottom of the things that go bump in the night. In between the scary bits, comedian Arthur Askey plays the gags with his Vaudeville style humor, to the constant irritation of his fellow passengers. Written by Neil Bridger

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Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1941 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El tren fantasma See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its USA premiere when it was telecast in New York City Tuesday 29 August 1950 on WNBT (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

The station-master manages to escape out of the side office without anyone seeing him, despite the fact that the room had only one door and no window (only the ticket box opening). There was always someone in the waiting room through which he would have had to pass to escape. See more »

Quotes

Gander: It's a far far wetter thing I go to.
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Connections

References Charlie Chan in London (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Dear what can the matter be
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by Arthur Askey
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Would have been better without Arthur Askey
21 February 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Train passengers are stranded overnight at a train station due to the hijinks of an obnoxious man named Tommy Gander (Arthur Askey), who pulled the brake so he could go get his hat he dropped off the train. That's the first of this guy's annoyances in this movie, but hardly the last. He spends the entire film being annoying. While they're at the station, they're told the station is haunted and a ghost train passes at night. If anybody looks upon the train they will die. At this point I was cheering for Gander to see the train.

I'm a sucker for a train movie so I really wanted to like this. I did like the train station set, particularly the platform outside with the moody matte painting backdrop. The mystery elements aren't bad. I would rate this one a lot higher if not for Askey's overbearing character and the fact we seem to get little relief from him in the movie. As one other reviewer rightly noted, whether or not you will enjoy this film depends on how you feel about Arthur Askey's performance. For me, he was unfunny, irritating, and unlikable. You might think he's the funniest person who ever lived. Watch it and see for yourself.


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