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Train of Events 1949

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A train disaster is told as four short stories to give character studies of the people involved, how it will affect them and how they deal with it.

Starring:
Joan Dowling, Gwen Cherrell
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Product Details

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Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring Joan Dowling, Gwen Cherrell, Irina Baronova, Olga Lindo, John Clements, Miles Malleson, Patric Doonan, Leslie Phillips, Valerie Hobson, Susan Shaw, Gladys Henson, Jack Warner, John Gregson, Philip Dale, Laurence Payne
Director Charles Crichton, Sidney Cole
Genres Drama
Studio ELEVATION
Rental release 2 February 2009
Main languages English

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This good old British film starts with an horrific train crash, which looks remarkably realistic, although obviously they used OO-Gauge rather than the real thing - but then we all accepted that in those days.
Then, without giving away the outcome, it cleverly takes the action back three days to show the events that led to the main characters being on that train. ('Train of Events' - get it?) There are four story lines, those of the engine driver, a young couple who are desparate to make a new life for themselves, an actor with something rather nasty in his luggage, and a philandering musician who (on the instructions of his wife) is trying to shake off an amorous concert pianist.
As their stories are told we are treated to a clever mix of comedy, family drama, suspense and crime.
The action takes us up to and a little beyond the crash, showing the after affects on all the characters.
There are some fine stalwarts of the post-war film industry in this production. Good old Jack Warner, married to equally good old Gladys Henson, Peter Finch, a very young Leslie Phillips, the ever elegant Valerie Hobson and the impish-looking John Clements.
If you had forgotten what life could be like in London just after the War this will remind you.
Watch it and be entertained!
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Format: DVD
This is a well-paced film, full of drama, with many lighter moments. The cast is well chosen, the story engaging, but it is badly let down by this DVD presentation. There are no subtitles and the sound is simply abymsmal. I had to make some very heavy adjustments to my home theatre audio to rid the film of dreadful hiss and a whistle on the soundtrack.

What a shame these wonderful pieces of a Britain long lost aren't given the respect that they desrve.

Buy it if you would love to see a portrait of Britain as she was, but beware of the sound!
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Train of events is truly a product of its time reflecting all the immediate post war back round to a collection of tales of sadness, hope triumph and disaster. with some neat comic twists, I could watch it for all the real life scenes that now look totally alien to what we have today, the plot and acting are a BIG bonus though, throughly recommended.
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Despite the sound quality criticism you have to consider the age of this film and the fact that it is in Mono. However it is slightly out of sync perhaps two frames at most, to some this may be a problem, some may not even notice! Possibly there is much post sync because of the noise of the trains. The picture quality is pretty good although very slightly on the grey low contrast side.
Overall it is a good copy and a clean copy, sound is fine and if you want to see trains, excellent.
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I had seen this on the tv years ago so when the chance came up to getting a dvd I jumped at it. The film is excellent wit Jack Warner in the lead (I remember him in Dixon of Dock Green). If you like railways or thrillers this does both; get one!.
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I love films of this genre and being a retired Railwayman made this film even more appealing. It maintained an air of authenticity throughout.
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I suppose it brings back memories of the films I used to go and see after the war - and I feel the story, acting and direction stand up well - all come over as real people & characters.
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Absolutely first class bit of British social history wrapped up in a first class film. The blk & wht presentation, those railway yard shots with steam, the 1940's living space of the family, creates the unforgetable atmoshere of this great British Ealing movies from the late 1940's (1949) - Love it
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