The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three

I read the 1973 novel


I saw the original 1974 movie

…which is the best of the three movies made – although the other two since then are good.

I don’t recall what happened to the copy of the novel I first bought, but many years later bought it again and enjoyed rereading it. I saw the move when first shown in theaters, I’ve seen it several times on TV since then. The original movie followed the novel closer than the 1998 movie and the 2009 movie. The 1974 original is on TV again this evening. From TV Guide…


The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three

5:00 PM CT on THIS TV (cable 220), 2 hours, 1974
  • Four men hijack a Manhattan subway train and hold it for a ransom of $1 million.

The acting of Walter Matthau as Lt. Zachary Garber and Robert Shaw as Bernard Ryder aka Mr. Blue is excellent, but the real treat is the interaction of Garber with Harold Longman aka Mr. Green played by Martin Balsam. Green has a head cold, sneezing over the radio communications – a very unique sneeze. At the end, hunting for the lone survivor for the four who held the subtrain and passengers for ransom, Garber is visiting several suspects. He visits Longman in his apartment, and at first is not convinced he’s the one. Then as he is closing the apartment door when leaving, Longman sneezes. Garber leans back in with an “I gotcha” look on his face…

The novel and movie are amoung my top favorites.

Reviewed by Jim Lantern
Wednesday, 14 December 2016

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