The Ghost Train (1941, United Kingdom)

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The Ghost Train  1941 mystery movie

Running time: 85 minutes

Language: English

In British countryside during World War 2 a train heading for Truro suddenly makes a emergency stop. The conductor spots the guilty part - a funny looking man, who runs down the tracks looking for his hat. As it turns out it is a comedian Tommy Gander on the way to tournee in vaudeville halls. After he retrieved his possession he barely avoids being severely fined by the conductor. Late in the evening the train reaches Fal Vale Junction in Cornwall, where 8 of the passengers, including Gander, disembark train to catch a connection to Truro. The place looks deserted, but the stationmaster, who came to close the station for the night, informs them that the train they were suppose to catch has already left and next one will arrive in 9 hours. Now the passengers realize how damaging the unplanned stop was. With no other alternative they decide to spend the night inside the station, especially since it begins to rain, but the stationmaster is reluctant to let them stay. He tells them about the strict railway regulations, but they won’t listen to him. Then he tells them the other reason why they should not stay here - the station is haunted and ghost train was seen traveling through Fal Vale, bringing death to anyone, who saw it.

Classic British mystery movie based on the play written by Arnold Ridley (most widely known as Private Godfrey from popular Dad’s Army series). Most of the story takes place in one room - the interior of small train station in the middle of Cornwall, while storm is raging outside. The atmosphere of isolation, mystery and danger lurks from between the comedy bits and thriller. The story was remade several times in different countries, but 1941 version starring comedians Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch is most widely known. Great, although a bit old-fashioned mystery movie.

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Our rating

8 / 10

Movie value

8 / 10

Realism factor

2 / 5

Adventure factor

3 / 5

Story complexity

4 / 5


The Ghost Train comments

One of my favorite mystery films - of course it is far from today's standards, but I just love old thrillers
Adam (25-12-2016 11:35:02)

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Creators of The Ghost Train

Walter Forde films

Walter Forde


J.O.C. Orton films


Val Guest films


Marriott Edgar films


Arnold Ridley films


Cast of The Ghost Train

Arthur Askey films

Arthur Askey

as Tommy Gander

Richard Murdoch films

Richard Murdoch

as Teddy Deakin

Kathleen Harrison films

Kathleen Harrison

as Miss Bourne

Carole Lynne films

Carole Lynne

as Jackie Winthrop

Peter Murray-Hill films

Peter Murray-Hill

as R.G. Winthrop

Morland Graham films

Morland Graham

as Doctor Sterling

Herbert Lomas films

Herbert Lomas

as Saul Hodgkin

Betty Jardine films

Betty Jardine

as Edna

Stuart Latham films

Stuart Latham

as Herbert

Raymond Huntley films

Raymond Huntley

as Price

Linden Travers films

Linden Travers

as Julia Price

D.J. Williams films

D.J. Williams

as Ben Isaacs

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The Ghost Train trivia

Arnold Ridley, the author

Arnold Ridley, best know for playing Private Godfrey in sitcom Dad’s Army, wrote the play The Ghost Train in 1923, which became very popular in 1920s in 1930s leading to several film and radio adaptations, but unfortunately he sold his royalties before the play became a hit, so never really made any money on the success of The Ghost Train.