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  • Actors: Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Kathleen Harrison, Peter Murray-Hill, Carole Lynne
  • Directors: Walter Forde
  • Writers: Arnold Ridley, J.O.C. Orton, Marriott Edgar, Val Guest
  • Producers: Edward Black
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Feb. 2006
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BSQR0S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,075 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic ghostly comedy, starring Arthur Askey and based on the play by 'Dad's Army' actor Arnold Ridley. When a group of mismatched train passengers are stranded at a rural station overnight, they soon hear of a sinister local legend telling of a ghostly train that passes through the area, ever since a terrible accident 43 years ago. Anyone who happens to gaze upon the train will face death and disaster. When the station master is suddenly found murdered, and when a disturbed young girl arrives from the local mental hospital, the passengers are thrown into further panic when they hear the roar of the approaching ghost train...

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I remember watching this film with my little brother, as kids, and loving it. The next time it was on our t.v. dad videoed it for us and we watched it over and over again. How we'd laugh when my brother would put on a creepy voice and say "If it be a natural thing, where do it come from? Where do it go?" And to this day I can't pass an old fashioned tea urn without asking if "they've tea urned the gas on". Our dad told us that, as a kid himself, he went to see the film at the local cinema and that for weeks afterwards all his mates at school were quoting it.

So imagine my delight at finding it on DVD. That old video tape was getting pretty worn out. O.K. Arthur Askey's humour is a little distracting, but the actual story is a belter. When the ghost train makes it's appearance it's pretty scary stuff. This plot has been done numerous times, but this is by far the best version. And what a surprise to find that it was written by Arnold Ridley, none other than Private Godfrey from Dads Army!
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Arnold Ridley (Dads Army) is in sparkling form as the playwright who scribed this b&w gem. A very good story , reasonable acting and a very atmospheric set. I suppose you could describe the category as comedy , although my preference is Comedy/thriller. The main action is set in a Cornish Railway junction station , where a group of travellers are forced to spend the night at , owing to a missed connection. The station holds scarey secrets which are revealed during the night. Well worth watching !! ps Railway buffs will pick up the continuity error of two different trains in the same sequence , in the early stage of the film.
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When i first saw this wonderful little film, i was about 15 and my Dad taped this film on video for us all to watch, i had no idea what it was about, but after a couple of minutes i was hooked. Its constantly funny throughout, thanks to the wonderful talent of Arthur Askey. Its a simple story, a group of passengers arrive at a disserted old train station, which infact is haunted by a suppose GHOST TRAIN that runs at night, but the passengers decide to stick it out due to bad weather - which by now you can tell this is a british film.
I cant stop praising this film it has become an instant classic at my home and I hope many others. Its very eerie in places too, but with the odd chill comes a joke. Its a cosy old british gem that should be anyones catalogue for those who like there humour and story
The Ghost train is a real treat for all the family - I like to thank my Dad for finding this treat - thankyou!
watch it on a cold sunday winters eve with a box of chocolates -thats what i will be doing!!
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There is something immensely comforting about black and white films from this era and The Ghost Train is a delight. Whether you like Arthur Askey or not (and he had many critics), his energy is that of the old music hall performers who had learned how to strike a spark with a live audience night after night, and it's impossible not to be swept along by his energy. In this slightly altered version of Arnold Ridley's play, Askey is the irrepressible but exasperating comedy turn, bound for what one suspects can only be a third-rate booking at a provincial theatre, but caught up in half-comic, half-spooky events at a deserted railway station. The minor characters are a delight - Kathleen Harrison as the abstemious spinster with the caged parrot: Edna and Herbert as the gloomy couple about to be married: the doctor who's a little too fond of a tipple, "Purely medicinal, you understand..." And, of course, the ghost train itself - "If it be a natural thing, where do it come from, and where do it go...?"

I have loved this film for many years, and I'm so pleased that it's finally come out on DVD.
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There was a type of British comedy film which they were careful never to send over to the States. I suspect it was because in their hearts they knew that some time in the future Masterpiece Theater was going to do more for America's image of Britain than Churchill, the Tudors and Noel Coward would do rolled into one. And these comedies would make Masterpiece Theater unbelievable. These were comedies that were just as brash and broad as Coward's diction was clipped and upper class. They were comedies for the working class, and in Britain that could be a bad thing as well as a good thing.

Sometimes the condescension is overwhelming. The stars were household names in England. Most of them came from the music halls and often were equally big on radio. A few even managed to survive television. We're talking names like Will Hay, Tommy Trinder, George Formby, Arthur Askey and quite a few more. And if Churchill gave the Brits courage in World War II, these men and women kept them smiling through. The Ghost Train, a big hit for Arthur Askey, is a first-class example. In a word...it's awful. But put yourself back in those days, imagine yourself a hardworking bloke who might not survive the next bombing, and see if you don't wind up laughing at Askey's endless shenanigans, his irrepressible optimism and his terrible jokes.

Tommy Gander (Askey) is a short bundle of energy who is always on. He's a song and dance comic traveling by train to his next music hall engagement. And when his hat blows off, he immediately pulls the emergency stop, runs to get the hat, and trots back to the train. From this, the train is late to the next station...so six passengers miss their connection...and the next connecting train isn't until morning...
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