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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great treat
I don't see why this film gets such negative press. The acting in it is actually quite good and there are fantastic comic moments and the writing and plot are both top notch as is the timing.
Published on 21 Jan. 2013 by aarhu

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2.0 out of 5 stars An interesting change of pace for Eric and Ernie but hobbled by shoddy production
Morecambe and Wise's return to ITV minus regular writer Eddie Braben after their glory days at the BBC brought their ratings and the quality of their work into a nosedive, ending up rehashing the formula of their earlier variety shows rather than doing the more story-led feature-length one-offs they were initially promised. Night Train to Murder was the one exception, a...
Published on 4 May 2012 by Trevor Willsmer


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An interesting change of pace for Eric and Ernie but hobbled by shoddy production, 4 May 2012
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Morecambe and Wise's return to ITV minus regular writer Eddie Braben after their glory days at the BBC brought their ratings and the quality of their work into a nosedive, ending up rehashing the formula of their earlier variety shows rather than doing the more story-led feature-length one-offs they were initially promised. Night Train to Murder was the one exception, a made-for-television film the boys co-wrote with director Joe McGrath inspired by big screen 40s murder mysteries and dedicated to character players like Frank McHugh, Elisha Cook Jr. and Lyn Bari. Shelved for a year after Morecambe's death, it's generally regarded as a half-hearted epilogue to their career but, while problematic, it's actually a bit more interesting than that. The most surprising aspect is that, rather than reworking their television personas as their cinema features did, the two are actually acting in this. They may be playing the kind of post-war double-act playing regional theatres in the early scenes that draw heavily on their early days in the business, but they're much more realistic characters offstage, Morecambe in particular giving an initially beautifully underplayed character turn that doesn't go for the obvious beats, acting as a reminder that he wrote a surprisingly melancholy novel about a stand-up comedian, Mr Lonely.

Not that this is a naturalistic affair. The playing becomes a bit broader as the plot progresses into Cat and the Canary territory, with the boys accompanying Eric's niece Lysette Anthony and dodgy lawyer Fulton Mackay to the reading of a rich relative's will only for the prospective heirs to meet violent ends. Unfortunately the writing gets weaker as it progresses, much of it falling flat aside from the odd okay line or a surreal fourth wall-breaking gag involving a very noticeable change of actors on one role, all of which might have paid off rather more successfully if it had been better directed, but sadly Joe McGrath isn't up to the task. It also suffers hugely from being shot on videotape rather than film (both stars felt it looked cheap, and they weren't wrong) and it lacks the kind of effortlessly iconic supporting cast that the old studio quickies had, offering only the likes of Kenneth Haigh, Pamela Salem, Richard Vernon and, thankfully briefly, Edward Judd, the man who thought he was going to be the next Albert Finney before drink and difficult behaviour sunk his career, in a staggeringly poor turn as a drunken knife thrower in what you suspect is a bit of art imitating life casting. You can see where this could have worked with better production values - even shooting in black and white could have made a difference - but while it's not the disaster of repute, you definitely get the feeling that ITV simply regarded it as an unwelcome contractual obligation to be knocked off as quickly and cheaply as possible before being dumped in the schedules when no-one was looking.

Fremantle's DVD continues the general disdain that dogged the film from birth: rather than include it on their set of the three Rank feature films they released it separately as a budget DVD title with every conceivable expense spared - not only does the cover feature no images from the film or credits but the disc has neither chapter stops nor menu. About the only thing that can be said for it is that it's an acceptable transfer with the canned laughter that accompanied its only TV screening removed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great treat, 21 Jan. 2013
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I don't see why this film gets such negative press. The acting in it is actually quite good and there are fantastic comic moments and the writing and plot are both top notch as is the timing.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Gem From M&W, 25 Feb. 2006
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This was the last piece of work from Morecambe and Wise and was originally broadcast after Eric Morecambe's death in 1984. It's largely been forgotten which is a great shame as it has some wonderful moments and there's a great warmth to the humour that you don't see very often these days. It's not perfect but it's essential for any M&W fan to see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I still love them., 28 Jun. 2013
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Eric and Ernie knew this was a poor effort and were never happy with it apparently - not their fault though - and if you love M&W as I do then there are enough classic moments to make it a worthwhile purchase and these help you to overlook the rest of the plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morecambe and Wise-Night Train To Murder., 21 Jan. 2013
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The running time is approx 70 minutes and the story takes you on a comic journey from Theatre to Country House by train with Eric and Earnie, as they accompany Eric's cousin's daughter for the reading of a will in Scotland. On the way they are shadowed by a masked assasin who murders family members along the way under several disguises. The comedy is provided by Eric and Earnie with a fine cast of supporting actors including Fulton Mackay and Richard Vernon, as the story progresses and makes this a classic film to watch, as a Morecambe and Wise fan or a first timer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Last Hurrah!,but not good and a shame too!., 20 Feb. 2014
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Tis a shame ERICs last performance is so dire.Their films of the 60s were so much better,but this was made in 84 just before Eric passed away and is very boring,its a bit like,one of Erns plays"WOT HE WROTE!",but not very well.One gag did make me laugh which concerned"quick make a wish!",but sadly,Eric bowed out on this sadly.But hey remember them both at their peak and hey day and just give this TV movie a watch as nostalgia.very sad really.Plus its on the Prism label which is cheap and nasty which adds insult to injury too.But I miss Eric,so ill end it there.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Morecambe And Wise - Night Train To Murder, 12 Oct. 2010
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I enjoy the lighthearted entertainment that is Morecambe and Wise
But....this was not in my view as good as it should have been.
The 'plot' is a well tested formula.
Enjoyable up to a point, memorable sadly no.
I ended up watching it because i bought it!
Having said that there are some funny moments typical of Morecambe and Wise
the card game on the train was a funny sketch, but that was it really it....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super!, 26 Dec. 2012
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I thought this film was brilliant. It may be a little old now naturally, though I thought it very funny indeed. My 19 year old son who knows of Morecombe and Wise and has seen a little of them over the years of course does not remember their shows on the TV. But he thought it was great and laughed out loud. I would highly recommend for all those who do remember this loveable duo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied., 13 May 2013
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Bought as a Christmas present, the sound of resultant laughter after it was unpacked and watched was more than sufficient testimony to its success as a good present and a good film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Morecambe and Wise, 6 April 2013
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Bought as a birthday present for my father-in-law who is in his late eighties, who loves Morecambe and Wise, and YES he LOVED IT!
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