Terror on a Train (1953)


“Just because you’re bored, it’s no reason to break up a marriage.” – Peter Lyncort

Number of Times Seen – Twice (10 Jul 2001 and 7 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A bomb is discovered on a train and a veteran bomb specialist must try and diffuse it.

My Take on it – Pretty mediocre thriller that fails to work well at all.

Glenn Ford was a great actor, but he isn’t able to make this film feel more imbued with lots of suspense or action.

The way that things move along is done at a very slow pace and that doesn’t help make things more enjoyable at all.

The story also tries to find a way to show how this kind of work could affect someone home life but the way that they mix these two aspects of the story together just doesn’t gel well at all.

In addition to Ford, this film has Anne Vernon in a supporting role as Ford’s wife.

The story also doesn’t allow for things to play out so well since none of the characters are developed well enough and instead they all are a bit too superficial in the way that they are all depicted.

The film’s climax also lets the viewer down a bit because it isn’t done in a more thriller or way that allows for the viewer to remain on the edge of their seat.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Three years earlier in Seven Days to Noon (1950), Victor Maddern had played the role of the soldier who shoots the mad bomber. However here, in a reversal of sorts, Maddern plays the part of the mad bomber. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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