1861, John Kennedy, a New York police officer, becomes convinced that
there will be an attempt on the newly elected President's life as
Lincoln's train. Inspector Tim Reilly, was to meet him onboard with
his ticket and suitcase. When Kennedy arrives, Reilly is nowhere to
be found. While scouring the train for Reilly, Kennedy finds his friend's
body dangling from an observation platform.
Upon returning to his seat, Kennedy sees a stranger wearing his coat
and holding his ticket and gun. Caleb tries to shoot him, but Kennedy
has emptied his pistol. Overpowering Coulter, Kennedy flees and hides
on the roof of the train. Rachel motions for Kennedy to come to her
cabin and confides to him that Lance is carrying a rifle with a scope.
Later, Mrs. Gibbons appears and identifies herself as an undercover
agent with the War Department. After congratulating Kennedy on saving
Lincoln's life, she states that Kennedy's report spurred the War Department
to undertake measures to secure Lincoln's safety.
Dick Powell - John Kennedy
Paula Raymond - Ginny Beaufort
Adolphe Menjou - Caleb Jeffers Marshall Thompson - Lance Beaufort
Ruby Dee - Rachel, Slave Maid
Richard Rober - Lt. Coulter
Will Geer - Homer Crowley, Train Conductor
Leif Erickson - Stranger
Florence Bates - Mrs. Charlotte Alsop