The Last Journey (1936)

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Engine driver Bob Holt, on his last day of work before reaching retirement age, receives a letter from his employer informing him that it would not be possible for him to continue working beyond this age. The already agitated Holt becomes unhinged when he believes that Charlie, his co-worker, is having an affair with his wife. When taking out his train on its last journey, Holt finally snaps and drives the engine at full speed without stopping at any stations, while holding Charlie at gunpoint, with the intention of finally wrecking the train. By so doing he endangers the lives of a variety of passengers, including a petty thief and his female accomplice; a bigamist and his new bride; an incontinent Frenchman, a hypnotist; and a temperance pamphleteer. Disaster is narrowly averted when the hypnotist makes his way up to the engine cab and persuades Holt to bring the engine to a halt. Holt is reconciled with his wife when he realises that he had mistakenly doubted her faithfulness.

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