Directed by Anthony Mann • 1951 • United States
Starring Dick Powell, Paula Raymond, Adolphe Menjou
Former police officer John Kennedy (Dick Powell) doesn’t have a ticket, but he’s determined to stay aboard the overnight train rolling from New York to Washington, DC. He’s convinced that someone among the passengers intends to kill newly elected President Abraham Lincoln when the train stops in Baltimore. The true-life Baltimore Plot provides the inspiration for this crackling thriller directed with film noir overtones by Anthony Mann and possessed of a real feeling for the powder-keg political atmosphere of 1861.