Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama
A New York City detective, traveling by train between New York and Baltimore, tries to foil an on-board plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln before he reaches Baltimore to give a major pre-Inauguration speech in 1861.
The names of all the stations mentioned in the film on the line as the train travels south out of New York would be familiar to a traveler on the modern Northeast Corridor as they are still used by Amtrak, except for Darby Junction which is a now a station on the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's Wilmington/Newark regional rail line. Their placement in the film is geographically accurate - Darby Junction would have been the first place the train could have stopped south of Philadelphia.
Rachel - Slave Maid:
Freedom isn't a thing you should be able to give me, Miss Ginny. Freedom is something I should have been born with.
Obviously, Democrat writers. The south - the secessionists - was Democrat. However, the movie constantly portrayed the secessionists as the Republicans. For goodness sake, the Tall Target, Abe Lincoln, was a Republican. How can you blame the Republicans for trying to assassinate their very first President? But, apparently, the Hollywood left of the 50's did so. No wonder they open the movie by saying this dramatization was disputed.
Opening credits S l o w l y roll up from the bottom of the screen, over a background of a train station. The word "TALL" is extra tall.. and the credits are followed by: Ninety years ago, a lonely traveler boarded the night train from New York to Washington DC and when he reached his destination, his passage had become a forgotten chapter in the history of the United States. This motion picture is a dramatization of that disputed journey.