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|TERROR ON A TRAIN (aka: TIME BOMB) (director: Ted Tetzlaff; screenwriter: Kem Bennett/from the novel Death at Attention by Kem Bennett; cinematographer: F. A. Young; editors: Frank Clarke/Robert Watts; music: John Addison; cast: Glenn Ford (Peter Lyncort), Anne Vernon (Janine Lyncort), Maurice Denham (Jim Warrilow), Harcourt Williams (Vicar), John Horsley (Constable Charles Baron), Victor Maddern (Saboteur), Harrold Warrender (Sir Evelyn Jordan), Bill Fraser (Constable J. Reed), Campbell Singer (Inspector Branson), Herbert C. Walton (Charlie), (Sgt. Collins); Runtime: 72; MPAA Rating:NR; producer: Richard Goldstone; MGM; 1953-UK)|
suspense film packs enough tension to make it
watchable and Glenn Ford, as always, delivers a fine
by Dennis Schwartz
these race against time thrillers to defuse a time
bomb in a populated area. The modest suspense film
packs enough tension to make it watchable and Glenn
Ford, as always, delivers a fine performance. Director
Ted Tetzlaff ("Johnny Allegro"/"The
Window"/"The White Tower") efficiently directs, while
padding the story with a dull domestic subplot. Kem
Bennett writes the screenplay from his novel Death
Birmingham station, a saboteur (Victor Maddern) places
a time bomb on a Brit freight train carrying
explosives north to Portsmouth, to a Naval shipyard.
When Constable Baron (John Horsley)
notices a suspicious character in the train yard, at
night, he stops him and a scuffle occurs with the
saboteur escaping. In the police station, the
satchel was recovered that he left behind when
fleeing. It's searched and contains wires and a box of
detonators. The chief constable of Birmingham (Harrold
Warrender) and a
official, Jim Warrilow (Maurice
notified, as Jim contacts Major Peter Lyncort (Glenn Ford), a
former member of the Royal Canadian Engineers' bomb
disposal unit who now lives and works in private
industry in Birmingham, to see if he can locate if a
bomb has been placed on the train and then to
dismantle it. Meanwhile the train has been diverted to the less
populated town of Felsworth, where the citizens are
While Peter works all night searching for the bomb,
the cops go on a manhunt for the saboteur.
Peter's French speaking
wife Janine (Anne
left him to return to Paris after they had a row and
doesn't know he's been called to emergency bomb
dismantling duty. She left because she finds him now
dull and living in Birmingham, which she calls the
We're left to see if Jim
can dismantle in time the time bomb and if his wife
really left him.
The story holds no surprises, but the high quality of the production (good acting and great visuals) makes up for the story's predictability.
REVIEWED ON 7/10/2013 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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