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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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Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Director Richard Lester used the opening comedic train sequence as the inspiration for the similar sequence in A Hard Day's Night (1964). See more »

Goofs

When Teddy shoots at the 'ghost' on the platform, he uses what appears to be a 1910 Model Browning automatic, a popular police and civilian pistol of the time; but when he re-enters the waiting room he is holding a 1901 Model Browning, quite different in appearance. Later when the villain Price threatens the passengers on the bus, he now has the M1910. See more »

Quotes

Gander: [about a ghost story] As they were pushing the bodies in...
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Connections

Version of The Ghost Train (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

The Seaside Band
Written by Kenneth Blain
Performed by Arthur Askey (uncredited)
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My brief review of the film
20 December 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

With mostly gags and very little plot, this is an entertaining film overall but hardly a brilliant one. It improves a great deal after the one-hour mark though when the horror finally starts to seep through. The thriller and comedy elements of the film only work about half the time themselves, however there are still some amusing bits and the plot is reasonably intriguing. It is easy to see that the film was intended to be a showcase for Arthur Askey's talents. He does show talent here, but it can be questioned as to whether his comic antics could have been put to better use. On the positive side, the characters are relatively interesting, and those beginning credits are great. The film makes an interesting companion piece to 'Rome Express', also directed by Walter Forde, and also set on a train. This film is the weaker of the two but it is a slightly different approach to friendships between strangers on trains. It is worth a look in the end. If not a great film, it is a fairly enjoyable ride.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1941 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El tren fantasma See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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