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(aka "Time Bomb" )


directed by Ted Tetzlaff
UK/USA 1953


One of these race against time thrillers to defuse a time bomb in a populated area. The modest suspense film packs enough tension to make it watchable and Glenn Ford, as always, delivers a fine performance. Director Ted Tetzlaff ("Johnny Allegro"/"The Window"/"The White Tower") efficiently directs, while padding the story with a dull domestic subplot. Kem Bennett writes the screenplay from his novel Death at Attention.

At the Birmingham station, a saboteur (Victor Maddern) places a time bomb on a Brit freight train carrying explosives north to Portsmouth, to a Naval shipyard. When Constable Baron (John Horsley) notices a suspicious character in the train yard, at night, he stops him and a scuffle occurs with the saboteur escaping. In the police station, the saboteur's satchel was recovered that he left behind when fleeing. It's searched and contains wires and a box of detonators. The chief constable of Birmingham (Harrold Warrender) and a top security official, Jim Warrilow (Maurice Denham), are notified, as Jim contacts Major Peter Lyncort (Glenn Ford), a former member of the Royal Canadian Engineers' bomb disposal unit who now lives and works in private industry in Birmingham, to see if he can locate if a bomb has been placed on the train and then to dismantle it. Meanwhile the train has been diverted to the less populated town of Felsworth, where the citizens are evacuated. While Peter works all night searching for the bomb, the cops go on a manhunt for the saboteur...

Excerpt of review from Dennis Schwartz for Ozus' World Movie Reviews located HERE


Theatrical Release: 5 February 1953 (London)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:12:15

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.66 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:47)

DVD Release Date: June 4th, 2013
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Chapters 26



We recently reviewed another near-noir directed by Ted Tetzlaff and released by Warner Archives, A Dangerous Profession with George Raft. Terror on a Train, also released as Time Bomb, is a British thriller starring Glenn Ford as a bomb disposal expert trying to stop a bomb from exploding a freight train carrying military explosives. Anne Vernon plays his French wife having seconds thoughts about their marriage.

The made-on-demand disc from Warner Archives utilizes an older transfer, but it looks quiet nice. There are some specs and marks on the print, but they never become intrusive. The blacks are deep and contrast is good. The mono audio is adequate and an original trailer is included as an extra. The film gets 26 chapter stops.

  - Gregory Meshman


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