The Ghost Train (1941)

If you’re annoyed by comedians who have a frantic vaudeville style don’t bother with this one. British comic Arthur Askey is over the top with frantic antics in a story about passengers stranded at a remote train station and a spooky local legend.

Comedian Tommy Gander (Arthur Askey) stops the train so he can run out and get his hat. By the time they get to the station their transfer train has come and gone. Eight passengers are now stranded for nine hours until the next train. The stationmaster, Saul Hodgkin, is locking up and tells everyone to leave. There’s a rainstorm outside and they’re not going anywhere.

Hodgkin tells them the story of the ghost train. Forty-three years ago the then stationmaster, Ted Holmes, had a heart attack while closing the bridge. The train is coming and there’s no one to signal it. It goes into the river. The only survivor was the engineer. Then again maybe it’s his ghost that walks the tracks through a tunnel carrying a lantern and singing “Rock Of Ages.”

Hodgkin gets on his bicycle and rides off in the rain. Now there are a lot of antics from Garner in attempts to entertain everyone. He succeeds in just being a huge pest. Then they all hear a noise outside and see a light. They open the door and in falls Hodgkin. The doctor says he’s dead from shock. Now the movie ups the suspense and calms down the comedy.

I did like Askey’s TV show, “Before Your Eyes” (1953-57).¬† It was a funny sketch show. I didn’t like him in this movie as his antics got on my nerves. If the film makers calmed him down earlier it might have worked for me but he was just too over the top.

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