Edmond Lowe played newspaper columnist David Chase for all thirty-eight episodes of Front Page Detective, a half-hour crime drama from the Dumont Television Network from 1951 to 1953. Chase often helps police (most notably Lieutenant Andrews, played by George Pembroke in thirteen episodes) in difficult cases. Eye candy was provided by Paula Drew, who played Sharon Richards in eighteen of the episodes. Drew had a brief seven-year film and television career consisting mainly of uncredited roles and culminating with her turns as Sharon Richards. The television show took its name from the pulp magazine Front Page Detective and the episodes were supposedly based on stories from that magazine.
"Murder Rides the Night Train" was the show's fourteenth episode. It was directed by Arnold Wester from a script by Herbert Moulton and Robert Leslie Bellam (Moulton was best known as a television producer and assistant producer; Bellam was a prolific pulp writer and the creator of Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective).
In this episode, a crime boss (Lyle Talbot) is traveling to testify before a Congressional Committee. David chase rides on the same train to get an interview and soon realizes that there are some people who don't want the gangster to testify.