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The Interrupted Journey (1949)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 10 March 1950 (France)
A writer eloping with his mistress by train has second thoughts, pulls the emergency brake, bails out and witnesses the train's collision with another train, events eventually leading to murder and a police manhunt.


Daniel Birt


Michael Pertwee (original story), Michael Pertwee (screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Valerie Hobson ... Carol North
Richard Todd ... John North
Christine Norden ... Susan Wilding
Tom Walls ... Clayton
Alexander Gauge Alexander Gauge ... Jerves Wilding
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Waterson
Vida Hope Vida Hope ... Miss Marchmont
Dora Bryan ... Waitress
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... 1st. Workman
Jack Vyvyan Jack Vyvyan ... 2nd. Workman
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Publican
Elsie Wagstaff ... Wilding's Maid (as Elsie Wagstaffe)
Dora Sevening Dora Sevening ... Mrs. Wilding (senior)
Nigel Neilson Nigel Neilson ... Sergeant Sanger
Arthur Lane Arthur Lane ... Constable Cowley


When John North, a budding author, pulls the communication cord of a late night train that is taking him away on a weekend with his publisher's wife, he sets in motion a series of events that lead to a train crash, a murder, and a police manhunt, but all is not what it seems. Written by <mike.wilson6@btinternet.com>

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A Man in Conflict With Himself


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Release Date:

10 March 1950 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Interrupted Journey See more »

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Production Co:

Valiant Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Theatrical movie debut of Alexander Gauge (Jerves Wilding). See more »


The train stops unexpectedly when the communication cord is pulled. A goods train subsequently collides with it. A member of the Railway Accident Investigation Department believes that the pulling of the communication cord "caused" the collision. While rear-end collisions on railways are not unknown, railways have complex systems to prevent them. These systems too may fail, but no railway official would believe that an unexpected stoppage would "cause" a collision. See more »


John North: I can assure you that half the police force of Plymouth will be here in half an hour, if he's the man we're looking for.
Miss Marchmont: They needn't expect cups of tea.
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Plotty thriller which cheats its main premise, but revels in 'Dutch angle' photography and bad hairstyles.
19 January 2009 | by BOUFSee all my reviews

Richard Todd (wearing a vat of Brylcreem on his hair) agonises over whether he should run away with his peroxided mistress (Christine Nordern) or return to to his stolid missus (Valerie Hobson). He jumps out of a train, and thinks he's caused multiple deaths. Lots of angst ensues, especially when it looks like the loyal missus won't believe in his innocence. As a melodrama it's not too bad, despite the cheat in the plot, and Todd's hammy performance. For once, horsey Ms Hobson's frigidity is welcome. As the loyal old stick, she refrains from chewing the scenery. Her hair, however looks as ugly as her clothes. Ms Nordern also acquits herself well. She's hefty, predatory and suitably tarty (she also sports an appalling hairdo)..but she seems genuine...there's a scene in which she kisses Todd with what looks like genuine sexual hunger - something you don't often see in twee British thrillers like this. The best thing in the film is probably the arty camera-work.. there are some really interesting angles. There's a sequence in an old hotel where the camera and direction becomes almost Bergmanesque. Todd and Vida Hope (the hotelier) all moodily lit, suddenly launch into some very slow dialogue as though there's some deep meaning to their standard mystery story exchange. Early on Dora Bryan (always a joy) appears briefly as a waitress, who serves Todd and Nordern with some rock cakes - which are integral to the plot. Non-British viewers may be baffled by these delicacies; but I urge them to inquire no further.

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