Last updated March 26, 2023
Traveling aboard a transcontinental train, young Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood) becomes alarmed when an acquaintance, elderly governess Miss Froy (Dame Mae Whitty), suddenly vanishes. Inexplicably, all the other passengers deny having seen the woman. So Iris turns to her lone ally -- handsome music scholar Gilbert Redman (Michael Redgrave) -- for help. As the two search for clues to Froy's disappearance, they uncloak a sinister plot.
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Explorer Christopher Columbus (Fredric March) discovers the new world in this 1949 British production featuring a score performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. After convincing Queen Isabella to finance his excursion, Columbus and his crew set out on the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria. Mutiny and exhaustion threaten to bring an end to his quest, but the adventurers finally land in the new world, and Columbus returns to Spain a hero.
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After a chance meeting, Baroness Edith (Lilli Palmer) befriends Lt. Marek (Maurice Elvey), who learns that she was paralyzed in a riding accident years before. Though Edith feels a romance blossoming, Marek doesn't, but pity prevents him from turning her away. Each day it becomes harder for Marek to admit the truth, until his silence threatens to destroy them both. Maurice Elvey directs this drama based on a novel by Stefan Zweig.
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