The film, originally released in the U.S. under the title TIME BOMB, follows what happens when British authorities learn a train filled with mines has been sabotaged and will explode in a few hours' time, with potentially devastating results.
The train is parked on a siding and the local village evacuated while the police identify a nearby UXB expert who can get to the train quickly; he's Peter Lyncort (Ford), a former Canadian Marine now living in Birmingham.
I really enjoyed this short little 72-minute film. I'm constantly amazed to realize how many American actors starred in British films of the early '50s. I love these types of movies, with their cozy, authentic British settings and casts, such as Maurice Denham as the inspector who bravely pitches in to give Peter a hand looking for the timing device on the train. For me watching such a film is the equivalent of curling up with a good book on a rainy day.
To be sure, the movie does not always have a great deal of logic. First and foremost, why was such a huge load of mines on a train without any security whatsoever? Was it normal to take so many at a time through populated areas? What if the train had crashed? And was there really no one currently in the military close enough to handle the situation?
TERROR ON A TRAIN was directed by Ted Tetzlaff (THE WINDOW). It was shot by F.A Young. The story and screenplay were by Kern Bennett.
The DVD is a good print; the disc includes the trailer.
Thanks to the Warner Archive for providing a review copy of this DVD. Warner Archive releases are MOD (manufactured on demand) and may be ordered at the Warner Archive website.