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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 Gwen Cherrell ... Charmian (segment "The Composer")
Jacqueline Byrne Jacqueline Byrne ... Television announcer (segment "The Composer")
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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:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First full length movie of Mark Dignam (Bolingbroke). 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

Doris Hardcastle (segment "The Engine Driver"): Oh, it's you...
Ron Stacey (segment "The Engine Driver"): Well, don't overwhelm me ducks. I dunno as my poor old ticker'll stand it.
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The Legend of Lancelot (Piano Concerto)
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Music by Leslie Bridgewater
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Don't Bother About a Ticket!
2 December 2018 | by spookyrat1See all my reviews

Like a mixed box of chocolates, you never can be quite sure of what flavour you're going to end up enjoying, with portmanteau films, especially with some of the British examples such as this from the 1940's.

Of the 4 stories here, all indirectly related through a train crash, the only one I found of any real interest was the darkest; The Actor which involved the murder of an estranged spouse and boasted clear Hitchcock influences. Peter Finch gave an intense performance as the eponymous character, but seriously, a corpse hidden in a theatre hamper with which you are travelling, seeing you are part of a company? I know it's a short story, but as we saw in Frenzy or The Trouble With Harry, Hitch would have had more fun with this thread.

The Prisoner of War was just plain dull, though the plot line intersected with that of The Actor, briefly on the train.

The Composer was a good example of a degree of style trumping not a lot of substance. I think it was supposed to be funny, but the laughs were few and far between.

The longest story, The Engine Driver also served as the ostensible framing tale for the anthology. Ho- hum family dramedy, but I don't think it spoils anything in saying this episode had the happiest ending.

The interest for me in these compendium films is seeing the genesis of a cinematic sub-genre. Later directors such as Quentin Tarantino have taken the device and used it to arguably produce related short stories of a far more consistently high standard, such as seen in Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2.


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