Last Train from Bombay (1952)

72-73 mins | Adventure | August 1952

Director:

Fred F. Sears

Producer:

Sam Katzman

Cinematographer:

Henry Freulich

Editor:

Dick Fantl

Production Designer:

Paul Palmentola

Production Company:

Esskay Pictures Co.
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HISTORY

According to a LAT news item, producer Sam Katzman initially hoped to cast Jon Hall's then-wife, singer-actress Frances Langford, as co-star in Last Train from Bombay . ... More Less

According to a LAT news item, producer Sam Katzman initially hoped to cast Jon Hall's then-wife, singer-actress Frances Langford, as co-star in Last Train from Bombay . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
9 Aug 1952.
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Daily Variety
30 Jul 52
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Aug 52
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Mar 1952
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jul 52
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
20 Feb 1952.
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Los Angeles Times
9 Aug 1952.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
2 Aug 52
p. 1471.
Variety
6 Aug 52
p. 6.
DETAILS
Release Date:
August 1952
Production Date:
12 March--20 March 1952
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
18 August 1952
Copyright Number:
LP1862
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72-73
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
15906
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

American diplomat Martin Viking is appointed to a post in India and, upon his arrival, finds the country torn by political strife. On Martin’s first night at a hotel, he is visited by a native Sikh who turns out to be former army friend Kevin O’Hara in disguise. To Martin’s shock, O’Hara reveals that he has become part of a terrorist group intent on fomenting a civil war by assassinating an Indian prince, the Nawob of Junipur, by blowing up his train. When Martin refuses to join O’Hara, the men quarrel until an assailant hiding on Martin’s balcony knifes O’Hara. Before dying, a repentant O’Hara gives Martin details to locate the terrorist group and the pre-set explosives in hopes of preventing the assassination. Realizing that he will likely be accused of O’Hara’s murder, Martin flees the hotel hoping to reach the Gundar Special train in time to warn the Nawob. By the next day, Martin’s picture is in all the newspapers, describing him as a murderer. Eluding the police, Martin arrives at a small town where he is befriended by bar hostess Charlane, who upon hearing his story offers help him by providing a passport. Now able to travel freely, Martin uses O’Hara’s information to begin a frantic search for the terrorists. At the Overland Railway, Martin takes B. Vornin, the train safety director, into his confidence, unaware that Vornin is the head of the terrorist group. Vornin has his henchman take Martin prisoner as well as a young girl, Mary Anne Palmer, who they mistakenly believe is Martin’s accomplice. Imprisoned in a cave, Martin and Mary ... +


American diplomat Martin Viking is appointed to a post in India and, upon his arrival, finds the country torn by political strife. On Martin’s first night at a hotel, he is visited by a native Sikh who turns out to be former army friend Kevin O’Hara in disguise. To Martin’s shock, O’Hara reveals that he has become part of a terrorist group intent on fomenting a civil war by assassinating an Indian prince, the Nawob of Junipur, by blowing up his train. When Martin refuses to join O’Hara, the men quarrel until an assailant hiding on Martin’s balcony knifes O’Hara. Before dying, a repentant O’Hara gives Martin details to locate the terrorist group and the pre-set explosives in hopes of preventing the assassination. Realizing that he will likely be accused of O’Hara’s murder, Martin flees the hotel hoping to reach the Gundar Special train in time to warn the Nawob. By the next day, Martin’s picture is in all the newspapers, describing him as a murderer. Eluding the police, Martin arrives at a small town where he is befriended by bar hostess Charlane, who upon hearing his story offers help him by providing a passport. Now able to travel freely, Martin uses O’Hara’s information to begin a frantic search for the terrorists. At the Overland Railway, Martin takes B. Vornin, the train safety director, into his confidence, unaware that Vornin is the head of the terrorist group. Vornin has his henchman take Martin prisoner as well as a young girl, Mary Anne Palmer, who they mistakenly believe is Martin’s accomplice. Imprisoned in a cave, Martin and Mary Anne soon discover a way out that leads them to a railroad tunnel. Realizing the line is part of the route of the Gundar Special from Bombay, Martin searches desperately for the explosives. As the train bears down upon the tunnel, Martin locates the charges and detonates them just as the Gundar Special stops safely outside of the tunnel. With Martin’s information, the police are able to arrest the terrorists, and clear his name. +

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