The Ghost Train (1941)

Okay, so I’ve absconded with this end of the month throwaway week for some celluloid odd n’ sods and turned into an unofficial “Good Life TV Network” week. Yep, it’s more “good life” memories of watching old movies with good ‘ol pop.

This, like The Rogues’ Tavern we previously reviewed this week, is another dark n’ stormy night type of movie: one that’s part murder mystery and part comedy; one that alternately gives you the frights and the chuckles.

This movie is the punch line to the joke: Did you hear the one about Tommy Gander, (a very corny, ugh-inducing) vaudeville comedian, blonde bombshell Jackie Winthrop, the hot-for-Jackie Teddy, and Jackie’s stuffy snob hubby Richard Winthrop ending up in abandoned train station?

The quartet gets off at Fal Vale Junction in the remote, English countryside, along with Herbert and his fiancée Edna, spinster Miss Bourne, and the (lovable) boozing Dr. Sterling, for a train transfer — which they miss.

Together, with the nearest town four miles away and no cabs available and a storm approaching, they hunker down in the train station — against the conductor’s warnings: warnings of the station being haunted by a “phantom train” and its passengers.

I can’t believe this hasn’t ended up on a Mill Creek Box set. Maybe it has and we just haven’t reviewed that particular box — and we’re on our 10th box, this November 2022! Oh, and might I suggest you pair this one up with Murder by Television (1935) for an evening of retro viewing? Toss The Black Raven (1943) on the VHS fires, as well.

Just another one of those fun, public domain ditties that survives courtesy of You Tube.

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