I love a good atmospheric crime thriller especially one’s set aboard a train on a snowy night. That just about sums up Mystery Junction (1951) which I’m reviewing here. It came out on blu-ray at the end of September 2019, released by Network, but I only now feel like it’s the right time of year to sit down and enjoy it. Right are you ready to find out more? Then let’s get started here’s my Mystery Junction blu-ray review.
- Mystery Junction (1951)
- Genre: Crime Thriller
- Directed by Michael McCarthy
- UK Rating PG
- Discs: 1
- Released By Network
- Blu-ray Released: 23 September 2019
It’s a dark and snowy night, two passengers aboard the train, Larry Gordon and Miss Owens hear a scream from right outside their cartridge window. Upon inspection they find an window open and a corridor covered in snow. Also aboard the train are a police officer and his prisoner. Furthermore it appears someone is missing. Is it time for the police to take charge or maybe crime writer Larry Gordon can solve the crime.
Style / Direction
The films directed by Michael McCarthy. He really does a fabulous job of creating a really atmospheric crime thriller. It starts on the train on a snowy night before the tension moves to a snow isolated train station. Make no mistake this is one tense and gripping crime thriller.
Music / Audio Effects
The music provides that uncomfortable feeling of being watched at key moments. The sound design is very well constructed. It’s a snowy and windy night but the sound of the train also plays a key role. It’s all excellent stuff.
Acting / Characters
All of the characters are interesting and have something they are withholding. This all makes for a perfect crime thriller.
- Sydney Tafler as Larry Gordon
- Barbara Murray as Pat Dawn
- Patricia Owens as Mabel Dawn
- Martin Benson as Steve Harding
- Christine Silver as Miss Owens
- Philip Dale as Elliot Fisher
- Pearl Cameron as Helen Mason
- John Salew as John Martin
- Denis Webb as Inspector Clarke
- David Davies as Benson
- Charles Irwin as Hooker
Conclusion: Mystery Junction (1951) Film Review
A fabulously entertaining British crime thriller set on a snowy night. It’s packed full of interesting characters with many not as they initially appear to be. I for one consider this film a must see.
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Conclusion: Mystery Junction Blu-ray Review
Great news the film has been fully restored and looks absolutely fantastic. It’s a black and white film, the picture is sharp and free from any marks. On the sound front it crystal clear which really does help with all of the atmospheric wind noise.
The extras only include an image gallery but the restored picture really does make this Blu-ray release a must have.
- Image Gallery
Popcorn Cinema Rating: Mystery Junction (1951)
MOVIE RATING: MUST SEE
BLU-RAY RATING: EXCELLENT
POPCORN CINEMA: RECOMMENDED
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Mystery Junction (1951) Film Trailer
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not representative of the blu-ray version
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Summary: Mystery Junction (1951) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Mystery Junction (1951)
Duration: 64 mins
Director(s): Michael McCarthy
Actor(s): Sydney Tafler, Barbara Murray, Patricia Owens, Martin Benson, Christine Silver
Genre: Crime, Thriller
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A must see atmospheric black and white crime thriller