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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.
Character actor Will Geer was blacklisted for refusing to testify before the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee soon after this movie was made in 1951. He would not appear in another Hollywood sponsored movie until 1962.
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 spite of being set in 1861, there are electric lights hanging in the station and in other locations.
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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