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Train of Events (1949)

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")
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
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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Storyline

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First full length feature film of Mark Dignam. See more »

Goofs

Within the first minute and a half of the film the locomotive pulling the Euston to Liverpool express varies several times in cut shots from the largest 4-6-2 "Duchess" express locomotive to a variety of different, smaller 4-6-0 locomotives, variously with or without smoke deflectors, with single or double chimneys, with tapered or parallel boilers and with different numbers and tender insignias ("British Railways" or "LMS"). At one point a "Duchess" is seen again. Locomotive classes seen pulling the same train without it stopping thus include "Duchess", "Jubilee", "Patriot" and "Royal Scot". See more »

Quotes

Doris Hardcastle (segment "The Engine Driver"): Oh, it's you...
Ron Stacey (segment "The Engine Driver"): Well, don't overwhelm me ducks. I dunno as my poor old ticker'll stand it.
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Soundtracks

The Legend of Lancelot (Piano Concerto)
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Music by Leslie Bridgewater
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A Crash Waiting to Happen
5 February 2014 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

Compenium films such as these were very popular in the late forties.Naturally their success rides and falls on the quality of the story.Alas in this case only one of the stories is worth telling.The Valerie Hobson/John Clements story is truly awful.Jack Warners domestic problems seem more like an episode of the Huggetts.The ex German POW story has some promise but becomes repetitive.The Peter Finch/Mary Morris story is quite good but is undermined by the somewhat ridiculous proposition that a murderer would cart the dead body of his wife around in a theatrical basket.The fact that there is a good cast,and a strong band of writers and directors make it all the more disappointing.The most interesting aspect of the film is the considerable location work,which includes a view of the late lamented Euston arch.


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