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The Interrupted Journey (1949)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 10 March 1950 (France)
A writer eloping with his mistress by train has second thoughts, pulls the emergency brake, bails out and witnesses the train's collision with another train, events eventually leading to murder and a police manhunt.


Daniel Birt


Michael Pertwee (original story), Michael Pertwee (screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Valerie Hobson ... Carol North
Richard Todd ... John North
Christine Norden ... Susan Wilding
Tom Walls ... Clayton
Alexander Gauge Alexander Gauge ... Jerves Wilding
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Waterson
Vida Hope Vida Hope ... Miss Marchmont
Dora Bryan ... Waitress
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... 1st. Workman
Jack Vyvyan Jack Vyvyan ... 2nd. Workman
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Publican
Elsie Wagstaff ... Wilding's Maid (as Elsie Wagstaffe)
Dora Sevening Dora Sevening ... Mrs. Wilding (senior)
Nigel Neilson Nigel Neilson ... Sergeant Sanger
Arthur Lane Arthur Lane ... Constable Cowley


When John North, a budding author, pulls the communication cord of a late night train that is taking him away on a weekend with his publisher's wife, he sets in motion a series of events that lead to a train crash, a murder, and a police manhunt, but all is not what it seems. Written by <mike.wilson6@btinternet.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Man in Conflict With Himself


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Release Date:

10 March 1950 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Interrupted Journey See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Valiant Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Most of the people listed in the newspaper as killed in the train crash were actually names of the movie crew: Jack Hanbury, Desmond Mavis (Davis), Joan Davis, Erwin Hillier, and Ivan King. See more »


The train stops unexpectedly when the communication cord is pulled. A goods train subsequently collides with it. A member of the Railway Accident Investigation Department believes that the pulling of the communication cord "caused" the collision. While rear-end collisions on railways are not unknown, railways have complex systems to prevent them. These systems too may fail, but no railway official would believe that an unexpected stoppage would "cause" a collision. See more »


Jerves Wilding: Everything's gone the way I wanted it since the time you decided to run away with my wife.
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An interrupted train journey leads to no end to a troublesome train of events...
25 May 2017 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is an amazing nightmare thriller taking you on a journey of constantly new surprising turns, and the fact that the journey is interrupted only leads a train of journeys leading you ever more astray and ending up in a nightmare abyss.

Valerie Hobson graces the film with her charming and amiable personality, whoever would have left a wife like that? - which the hero (Richard Todd) immediately realizes but to his dismay finds it is already too late.

The intrigue is fantastic. It's kind of Kafkaesque in its labyrinth of constantly worse complications, and not until the mother closes the door on Richard with her testimony of having identified her dead son herself you begin to suspect that everything is not quite all right - something begins to warn you about all logic and reality disappearing.

It's marvellously filmed with its turning more and more almost hallucinogenic, as the drunkard at the hotel really starts derailing for serious.

It's a wondrous concoction of a train of events leading you off the rails so often and so frequently that you begin seriously to doubt the honesty of the film, but you can stay calm - it all makes perfect sense in the end, as the detail of the clock finally concludes this strange odyssey of a psychological nightmare.

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