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The Ghost Train (1941)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 5 May 1941 (UK)
High jinks and chills ensue when a group of people become stranded at an isolated station and a legendary phantom train approaches.

Director:

Walter Forde

Writers:

Arnold Ridley (based on the famous play by), J.O.C. Orton (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arthur Askey ... Tommy Gander
Richard Murdoch Richard Murdoch ... Teddy Deakin (as Richard {Stinker} Murdoch)
Kathleen Harrison ... Miss Bourne
Peter Murray-Hill ... R.G. Winthrop
Carole Lynne Carole Lynne ... Jackie Winthrop
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... Dr. Sterling
Betty Jardine Betty Jardine ... Edna
Stuart Latham Stuart Latham ... Herbert
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Saul Hodgkin
Raymond Huntley ... Price
Linden Travers ... Julia Price
D.J. Williams D.J. Williams ... Ben Isaacs
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Storyline

Mismatched travellers are stranded overnight at a lonely rural railway station. They soon learn of local superstition about a phantom train which is said to travel these parts at dead of night, carrying ghosts from a long-ago train wreck in the area. The travelers eventually get to the bottom of the things that go bump in the night. In between the scary bits, comedian Arthur Askey plays the gags with his Vaudeville style humor, to the constant irritation of his fellow passengers. Written by Neil Bridger

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Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1941 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El tren fantasma See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Due to previous work commitments having taken him around the country, Arthur Askey's first real experience of the Blitz came when he arrived in London to shoot the film, having despatched his wife and daughter to the perceived safety of Lakeside at Lake Windermere. See more »

Goofs

The station-master manages to escape out of the side office without anyone seeing him, despite the fact that the room had only one door and no window (only the ticket box opening). There was always someone in the waiting room through which he would have had to pass to escape. See more »

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Gander: Ted Holmes!
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Version of Der Geisterzug (1963) See more »

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Rock of Ages
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Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
Music by Richard Redhead
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great British fun
5 September 2001 | by nzenoSee all my reviews

Ghost Train is a fine and entertaining film, typical of the better British comedy chillers of the 1930s and 40s. The antics of comedian Arthur Askey are not as funny as they once apparently were, but this can be overcome by viewing him as a period piece or a curiosity.

For a low-budget wartime production, Ghost Train is atmospheric, effective, and it provides some genuine suspense. Great fun for a dark (and, yes, stormy) night. Lighten up, take off the critic's hat, and enjoy.


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