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Night Train to Murder (1984)

When Eric's niece Kathy becomes one of the heirs to a considerable fortune, her life (and those of the other heirs) is placed in jeopardy by the actions of a mysterious inter-loper.

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Stars: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Ann Hamilton
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... Eric Morecambe
... Ernie Wise
... Dame Flora
... Cousin Milton / Cousin Homer
... Mackay
... Cousin Zelda
... Uncle Felix
... Kathy Chalmers
Roger Brierley ... Chief Supt. Rivers
... Knife Thrower
Leonard Maguire ... Great Uncle Robert (voice)
Ben Aris ... Theatre Manager
Tony Boncza ... Joe
Frank Coda ... Stage Manager
Big Mike Crane ... Big Jim
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When Eric's niece Kathy becomes one of the heirs to a considerable fortune, her life (and those of the other heirs) is placed in jeopardy by the actions of a mysterious inter-loper. Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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It is clearly stated that the action is set in 1946, but there are numerous contemporary (1980s) references, particularly from Eric Morecambe. See more »

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Eric: [after Zelda laughs at Eric's wig] you mustn't laugh
[points to Kathy's dress]
Eric: that's a very pretty dress!
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Opening credits show a fake British Board of Film Censors "U certificate" to suggest it's actually a 1946 movie. See more »

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Night Train To Murder
9 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

There are those who say the comedy of Morecambe & Wise did not translate well to the big screen. People who know about this sort of thing tend to disagree. The 1983 romp "Night Train To Murder" was actually made for TV; it stars the guys as themselves, and is set in the aftermath of the Second World World. Eric's niece turns up out of the blue followed by a dodgy solicitor who tells her she is one of the heirs to a £10 million estate. That was when £10 million was worth £10 million! So off they all go to Scotland where someone doesn't want her or any of the other heirs to get their hands on the money.

Forget about the silly plot, the gags come fast and furious, and not only from Eric. You may not understand the in-jokes, like the lawyer Mackay played by Fulton Mackay, but quite a few of Eric's jokes are near the knuckle.

Does it have a happy ending? Sadly, Eric died the following year too young at just 58; Mackay three years later at 64. Ernie Wise lived to a reasonable age of 73, but their legacy will live forever.


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