Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
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Tunnel of Fear 

While traveling alone in a train compartment, an elderly, wealthy, wheelchair-bound man (Cedric Hardwicke) is confronted by a younger man (David Niven), whom he had double-crossed over ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Kellino

Writers:

Roland Winters (story), Frederick Brady (screenplay) (as Frederic Brady)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
David Niven ... Larkin
Cedric Hardwicke ... Sir George (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Blake
Alex Frazer Alex Frazer ... Conductor
Keith McConnell Keith McConnell ... Chauffeur
Leslie Denison Leslie Denison ... Footman
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While traveling alone in a train compartment, an elderly, wealthy, wheelchair-bound man (Cedric Hardwicke) is confronted by a younger man (David Niven), whom he had double-crossed over twenty years ago. The younger man, now bent on revenge, tells the elderly man that he intends to kill him when the train passes through an upcoming tunnel. A battle of wits ensues. Written by jimmie d

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1956 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Four Star Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Walter Kingsford's character is listed on the credits as Dr. Blake, yet he is clearly called Dr. Phelps throughout the show. See more »

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Cracking Good
3 July 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

What Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine did in the film version of Sleuth with a large budget and good production values and the running time of a feature film, Four Star Playhouse did roughly the same thing in a tight thirty minute teleplay where for most of it, David Niven and Cedric Hardwicke engage in a battle of wits.

For once Niven is not charming, he's a man who took a fall for Hardwicke in a gem smuggling scheme and did 20 years while Hardwicke grew to be a fabulously wealthy multimillionaire philanthropist. Now they meet by Niven's design and he intends to kill Hardwicke and get away while they are in the dark of a railroad tunnel in Tunnel Of Fear.

Actor Roland Winters wrote the teleplay and it is a cracking good one. The ending is worthy of an episode of the Alfred Hitchcock anthology series.

Don't miss Tunnel Of Fear if it is broadcast.


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