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 first director attached to this subject, several years before the film was finally made, was Joseph Losey. He had planned to cast Lena Horne in the role finally played by Ruby Dee - originally planned as a much larger part.
Rachel - Slave Maid:
I'm afraid for him.
John Kennedy: You should be. Anyone who fires at Lincoln tomorrow won't last five minutes.
In the opening scene as the train backs into the station, the bell on the engine is ringing. The train stops and the bell stops as well, but the soundtrack still has the bell ringing. The next scene shows a close up of the bell ringing which had stopped in the first scene.
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.
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