Train of Events

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Trying to repeat the formula of Dead of Night, Ealing came a horrible cropper with this portmanteau telling, in flashback from a train crash, the stories which brought three groups of people aboard the Euston-Liverpool express. Shorn of the talents of Cavalcanti and Hamer, the direction is flat. The trilogy of shoddy yarns (melodramatic, comic, tragic) sprout clich├ęs by the yard, and arbitrarily resort to the crash as a resolution. Worst of all is the linking device involving scenes from the life of a Cockney engine-driver and his wife, soon - as played by Jack Warner and Gladys Henson - to achieve cosy apotheosis as Mr and Mrs Dixon of Dock Green in The Blue Lamp.

Release details

Duration: 88 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Basil Dearden, Charles Crichton, Sidney Cole
Screenwriter: Basil Dearden, TEB Clarke, Ronald Millar, Angus Macphail
Cast: Valerie Hobson
John Clements
Jack Warner
Gladys Henson
Susan Shaw
Joan Dowling
Laurence Payne
Peter Finch

Average User Rating

1.3 / 5

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John Manley

The only reason I watched this film was because am a steam railway enthusiast. Unfortunately, there was only about 15 to 20 minutes of railway footage which I found quite interesting. I'm afraid to say, the rest of the film was absolutely dreadful. The plot was boring and predictable. The direction was unimaginative and the acting on the whole, apart from Valerie Hobson was very uninspiring. I thought Laurence Payne was particularly bad in this film. His voice came over as very monotonous and almost robotic. This was not one of Ealings best.

John Manley

The only reason I watched this film was because am a steam railway enthusiast. Unfortunately, there was only about 15 to 20 minutes of railway footage which I found quite interesting. I'm afraid to say, the rest of the film was absolutely dreadful. The plot was boring and predictable. The direction was unimaginative and the acting on the whole, apart from Valerie Hobson was very uninspiring. I thought Laurence Payne was particularly bad in this film. His voice came over as very monotonous and almost robotic. This was not one of Ealings best.