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I was trying to make a clever title and riff on Agatha Christie's "Murder On The Orient Express", but then I learned that the Bombay Mail was a famous train in its own right (actually, I didn't know it was a train!).
Nevertheless, "Bombay Mail" was a pleasant surprise and a very good murder mystery, and it remained a mystery right up to the end. There are lots of suspects to choose from, just as in Christie's novel, although "Bombay Mail" was published before it. Universal, the horror movie capital of Hollywood, was trying to cash in on the spate of mystery films so popular in the early 30's. They assembled a formidable cast of 'B' actors, including Edmund Lowe in the lead as Inspector Dyke, Onslow Stevens, Hedda Hopper and Ralph Forbes.
"Bombay Mail" benefits from brisk pacing which makes the 70 minutes seem even quicker, and from a first-class storyline and script. It takes place almost entirely on the train but does not seem stage-bound or claustrophobic, a tribute to the directorial skill of Edwin Marin. The picture is rarely shown these days after a run on TV in the 50's. It was shown on a newly-restored 35mm print at Capitolfest 2011, Rome, N.Y.
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