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Train of Events (1949)

Approved | | Drama | 23 December 1949 (Netherlands)
A train disaster is told as four short stories to give character studies of the people involved, how it will affect them, and how they deal with it.

Directors:

Sidney Cole (uncredited), Charles Crichton (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Basil Dearden (original screenplay), T.E.B. Clarke (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Warner ... Jim Hardcastle (segment "The Engine Driver")
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Mrs. Hardcastle (segment "The Engine Driver")
Susan Shaw ... Doris Hardcastle (segment "The Engine Driver")
Patric Doonan Patric Doonan ... Ron Stacey (segment "The Engine Driver") (as Patrick Doonan/Patric Doonan)
Philip Dale Philip Dale ... Hardcastle's fireman (segment "The Engine Driver")
Miles Malleson ... Johnson, the timekeeper (segment "The Engine Driver")
Leslie Phillips ... Stacey's fireman (segment "The Engine Driver")
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... District Superintendent (segment "The Engine Driver")
Will Ambro Will Ambro ... Lancashire railwayman (segment "The Engine Driver")
Valerie Hobson ... Stella (segment "The Composer")
John Clements John Clements ... Raymond Hillary (segment "The Composer")
Irina Baronova ... Irina Norozova (segment "The Composer")
John Gregson ... Malcolm Murray-Bruce (segment "The Composer")
Gwen Cherrell Gwen Cherrell ... Charmian (segment "The Composer")
Jacqueline Byrne Jacqueline Byrne ... Television announcer (segment "The Composer")
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A train disaster is told as four short stories to give character studies of the people involved, how it will affect them, and how they deal with it.

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Plot Keywords:

train | disaster | railway | See All (3) »

Taglines:

Laughter, Love, Suspense and Thrills in a Film of a Fateful Journey

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1949 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Het noodlot slaat toe See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Finch and Laurence Payne received "and introducing" credits. See more »

Goofs

As the train approaches the level crossing where the crash takes place it is traveling through open countryside. Yet during the rescue operation after the crash a bridge is clearly visible at a point 30 to 40 meters behind the train. See more »

Quotes

The producer (segment "The Actor"): Funny - whenever I leave England I go all sentimental...
Philip Mason (segment "The Actor"): The country's had it as far as I'm concerned.
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The Legend of Lancelot (Piano Concerto)
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Music by Leslie Bridgewater
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Train of non-events
30 May 2013 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

The film starts with a train crash and then spends its bulk describing 4 separate situations that leads to various characters being on board the doomed train. We then return to the crash and see its aftermath.

Sounds better than it is. The film starts impressively with the force and speed of the train filmed very dramatically. This is far and away the best part of the film and provides a very powerful opening. As we meet the characters, the film gets boring and sadly, that awful unfunny British humour rears its ugly head in a couple of scenes. Trying to endear the audience to old guys by getting them to imitate a chicken or a goldfish just isn't funny to me.

Aside from the naff comedy, the cast aren't very good. This is because either the characters are weak, such as Joan Dowling (Ella), to the point where we don't care about her fate, or else they are just difficult to like. A case in point is pretty much everyone else apart from Valerie Hobson (Stella).

Pianist Irina Baronova (Irina) and composer John Clements (Raymond) are painfully embarrassing and it's all a bit of an anti-climax when so many of this dull ensemble actually survive what looks like a crash that should have resulted in many more fatalities. Oh well, better luck next time! The film scores for the excellent beginning and a confrontational scene between husband and wife Peter Finch (Philip) and Mary Morris (Louise). If the film had concentrated on developing this story in a dramatic fashion, I would be talking about a much better film. But even this little vignette is ruined by absurdity as demonstrated by what Peter Finch decides to pack in his luggage. In his LUGGAGE! To take with him! Dumb film.


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