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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 ... 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

Opening credits: The events and characters portrayed in this film are fictitious and any similarity to any incident, name or individual is coincidental. See more »

Goofs

At 1:13 a clean, rebuilt "Royal Scot" class 4-6-0, number 46126, backs onto and couples up with the carriages forming the express in the station. At 1:14:52 the train leaves the station headed by a scruffy "Jubilee" class 4-6-0. 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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Featured in Remembering John Gregson (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
(uncredited)
Music by Jack Strachey and Harry Link
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
Played in Philip's apartment
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Train of Events
8 September 2019 | by henry8-3See all my reviews

As a train crashes, the story of a number of its passengers is told in flashback. A ex German POW on the run, a conductor having an affair, an actor who's murdered his wife and the train driving seeking promotion.

This is very British film and often rather theatrical and over egged. Warner does his Huggett bit, the conductor and his wife take add the only humour such that it is, first timer Finch as the killer add the semi Hitchcockian thrills and the Dowling / Payne piece is deadly serious and frankly rather stilted and dull.

Some ok bits then, but despite some prestigious directors, the stories are not engrossing enough and so finding out who survives the crash and it's aftermath doesn't hold as much interest as it could have done.


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