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Midnight Limited (1940)

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In this detective drama, a private eye must thwart the plans of criminals attempting to pull a heist aboard the New York to Montreal bound "Midnight Limited." He is assisted by one of the crooks' former victims.

Cast

Marjorie Reynolds
as Joan Marshall
George Cleveland
as Prof. Van Dillon
John "Dusty" King
as Valentine 'Val' Lennon
Edward Keane
as Capt. Harrigan
Pat Flaherty
as Conductor
Lita Chevret
as Mae Krantz
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½

A "phantom bandit" is robbing passengers on the overnight night train from Albany to Montreal and then vanishing without a trace. Rail company detective (King) teams with the only person to get a look at the bandit's face (Reynolds) in hopes of bringing him to justice. Poor John King. The man did have some small degree of talent, but it seems like he always was cast against female co-stars who are so energetic they overwhelm him and make him look like a bump on a log when they share scenes. Such was the case in "Half a Sinner" ([URL=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/vine/journal_view.php?journalid=245672&entryid=405914&view=public]review here[/URL] ) and it happens to him again in "Midnight Limited". King isn't exactly bad, but he can't hold his own against the strong screen presence and powerful personality of Marjorie Reynolds. King's drab personality stands out even more, because this is a badly done, boring movie. From the sets, to the sound effects (the Midnight Limited must bea marvel in train technology... never before has the world known such a quiet, stable train! All the cars must be mounted on Serta matresses!), to the poorly written dialogue and uneven pacing of the script, there really is nothing here that's done well. Except perhaps the running time. At just over an hour, "Midnight Limited" is dull but not tortorous to sit through. Only the presense of the always delightful Reynolds and the mysterious drunk played with great flair by George Cleveland make this film watchable. Midnight Limited Starring: Marjorie Reyolds, John King, and George Cleveland Director: Howard Bretherton

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