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Spy Train (1943)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 9 July 1943 (USA)
A train leaves Los Angeles with a Nazi spy, a woman, a reporter, their respective sidekicks, and the wrong suitcase: one with a bomb in it.


Harold Young


Scott Littlefield (story), Leslie Swabacker (screenplay) (as Leslie Schwabacker) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Travis ... Bruce Grant
Catherine Craig ... Jane Thornwall
Chick Chandler ... Stew Stewart
Thelma White ... Millie
Evelyn Brent ... Frieda Molte
Warren Hymer ... Herman Krantz
Paul McVey ... Hugo Molte
Herbert Heyes ... Max Thornwald
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Anderson #1 (as Steve Roberts)
Forrest Taylor ... Anderson #2
Dick Rush Dick Rush ... Sam - Train Conductor
Bill Hunter Bill Hunter ... Lead Detective
Barbara Mace Barbara Mace ... Minor Role
Caroline Burke ... Minor Role
William Kellogg William Kellogg ... Detective (as Bill Kellogg)


A train leaves Los Angeles with a Nazi spy, a woman, a reporter, their respective sidekicks, and the wrong suitcase: one with a bomb in it.

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time bomb | spy | train | See All (3) »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

9 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Time Bomb See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Los Angeles Saturday 3 December 1949 on KECA (Channel 7), in New York City Tuesday 27 December 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), and in San Francisco Wednesday 4 January 1950 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »


A single-note diesel-locomotive horn is heard as the steam locomotive leaves the station. See more »


[first lines]
Bruce Grant: Did you get the picture, Stew?
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wartime spy thriller
10 April 2008 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

"Spy Train" opens in the train station with two reporters talking about getting the scoop on a famous rich girl. Then we overhear a conversation between a gang of thugs planning trouble at 10:22 that night. Catherine Craig plays Jane Thornwall, the girl that the reporters are chasing, while Richard Travis is Bruce Grant, traveler and author. They all get on the train, and the bodies start piling up. No real big names in this Monogram Pictures shorty (61 minutes) a spy thriller from 1943. Keep an eye out for Thelma White (plays Millie the maid)... who had played Mae in Reefer Madness. At one point, the author has to look up something in one of his own books while trying to solve the crime... a little strange. With a little spiffing up, this could easily be a Hitchcock film. and that darn horn on the train.... it was tooting almost the entire 61 minutes... for those who hadn't ridden a train before, one might think the horn had to be tooting in order for it to move... and at another point, someone magically decodes a secret message, although we don't know just how they did it. If you overlook some of these little quirks, one can easily buy into the plot of spies and international intrigue which was all the rage in the early 1940s. Looks like they don't show this one very often; as of April 2008, not even five votes yet on the star-rating in IMDb.

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