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Sleeping Car to Trieste (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 8 November 1948 (UK)
Spies pursue a stolen diary aboard the Orient Express.

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(screenplay) (as Allan Mackinnon), (from an original story)
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Cast

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Joan Maxted
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Bonar Colleano ...
Sergeant West
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Alastair MacBain
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Poirier, the chef (as Coco Aslan)
Alan Wheatley ...
Karl / Charles Poole
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Mills
David Hutcheson ...
Denning
Claude Larue ...
Andrée
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Suzanne
Leslie Weston ...
Randall
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Storyline

Spies steal a diary from an embassy whose contents could ignite a war, then one of them steals it from the others and boards the Orient Express. He ends up involving a couple who were trying to have a clandestine affair on board; other passengers include a police detective, a would-be chef, a pompous author and his lackey, and a bird enthusiast. Written by Anonymous

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A Thousand Miles of Thrills, Drama and Excitement!


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8 November 1948 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Sleeping Car to Trieste  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events portrayed in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to any incident or individual is coincidental. See more »

Goofs

When the sergeant and the bird enthusiast are getting acquainted, the background seen through the train window includes two large signs, both mirror-reversed. See more »

Quotes

Poirier, the chef: ...cover with white wine, put it into the oven, and voila, it's cooked.
Denning: I say, that's very neat isn't it? But do you really think cods worth all that trouble?
Poirier, the chef: Trouble?
Denning: Yes, you see at home we just lower the jolly old creature into the boiling water, let it boil, serve it up with greens and chips.
Poirier, the chef: But you get no sauce...?
Denning: Oh Good Lord yes - there's always a bottle of sauce around somewhere.
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Connections

Remake of Rome Express (1932) See more »

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Not as good as the original
22 April 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a remake of 1932's Rome Express, which is a far better film and stars the seedy and sinister Mr Dane Calthrop. This version is slow and plodding, and the humour is mainly heavy handed. There is an unnecessary subplot about an Englishman trying to explain English cookery to a French chef (I'm not going back to the Good Old Days - I remember that food).

Best things about this version are David Tomlinson as the old schoolfriend who turns up inappositely, and Hugh Burden as the put-upon secretary. The McGuffin is a diary containing secrets that might start a war with an unspecified country, rather than a stolen painting. The adulterous couple are sexless as only the English can be.

Jean Kent is always worth watching, but whoever designed her frumpy wardrobe should be condemned to selling long underwear in British Home Stores. That hat with the two horns - or are they ice cream cones? There is a subplot about two French girls who are smuggling model hats, and they are rather good, as is Bonar Colleano as a wisecracking American soldier. His wisecracks really are funny. His mate the birdwatcher is good, too.

But overall - it's as stodgy as an English suet pudding.


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