6.2/10
242
8 user 6 critic

The Paris Express (1952)

The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 June 1953 (USA)
A Dutch company's owner bankrupts his own company, burns the incriminating ledgers and plans to run to Paris with the company payroll but he is caught in the act by his accountant who challenges his actions, leading to a reversal of roles.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In a moment of madness a respectable pharmacist kills a young woman who is sun-bathing by a lake. Unable to take in what he has done, he flees from the scene of the crime and behaves as if nothing has happened.

Director: Georges Lautner
Stars: Bernard Blier, Maurice Biraud, Francis Blanche
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In London's colourful but seedy Soho Michael Morgan is working mending the road. he is unhappy, with little hope of finding happiness. Then he meets Julia Gozzi, and "The Miracle" happens ....

Director: Julian Amyes
Stars: John Gregson, Belinda Lee, Cyril Cusack
Take My Life (1947)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A woman races against time to clear Nicholas Talbot of a murder he did not commit. While she works on getting proof, the prosecution is doing all it can to force a conviction.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt, Marius Goring
The Promoter (1952)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing- some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a ... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Violent fugitive and mistreated small boy team up to flee from authority.

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Elizabeth Sellars
The Snorkel (1958)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Although the police have termed her mother's death a suicide, a teenage girl believes her step-father murdered her.

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Peter van Eyck, Betta St. John, Mandy Miller
Boys in Brown (1949)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A slice of life in a British Borstal reform institution for young criminals.

Director: Montgomery Tully
Stars: Jack Warner, Richard Attenborough, Dirk Bogarde
Nanking (2007)
Biography | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Through readings of historical account by actors and the testimony of survivors, the events of the Nanjing Massacre are recounted.

Directors: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Stars: Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Hoodlum Jack Martin is on the lam and robs a small town bank which brings the local cops and local crime boss into the mix.

Director: Walter Matthau
Stars: Walter Matthau, Carol Grace, Bruce MacFarlane
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A blind American writer living in London stumbles upon a criminal conspiracy involving kidnapping and extortion.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Cecil Parker
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In this obscure B potboiler, a longtime criminal returns to his native Los Angeles, determined to avenge his brother's murder.

Director: Charles Davis
Stars: Doug Wilson, Jeanne Baird, Marilyn O'Connor
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A British-American returns to Britain after 20 years to discover that his father has been jailed since WW2 for a murder that took place in murky circumstances.

Director: Jack Cardiff
Stars: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Emlyn Williams
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Kees Popinga
...
Michele Rozier
...
...
Julius de Koster, Jr.
...
Jeanne, the prostitute (as Anouk)
...
Mr. Merkemans
...
Louis
MacDonald Parke ...
Chicago Businessman
...
Maria Popinga
...
Goin
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Julius de Koster, Sr
Michael Nightingale ...
Popinga's Clerk
Robin Alalouf ...
Karl Popinga
Joan St. Clair ...
Frida Popinga
Michael Alain ...
Dutch Train Conductor
Edit

Storyline

Meek head clerk Kees Popinga realises at the same time as the police that owner De Koster has stripped his Dutch company clean because of his infatuation with a Parisian girl, Michelle. After a confrontation between the two men, De Koster ends up dead and Popinga makes off to Paris with the remaining money. There he contacts Michelle, with the police in close pursuit. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Non-Stop Suspense Thriller

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

5 June 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Paris Express  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First Cinema film of Michael Nightingale. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great acting and relationships save yet another flawed film...
29 January 2012 | by (Middle America) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this little, quiet movie enough to watch it twice in a row, despite the bad quality of the print I was watching. Claude Rains is heartbreaking as an obedient, flawlessly accurate little bookkeeper so devoted to his boss (Herbert Lom)that he is blind to the fact that he's an adulterer and a thief that has ransacked the companies funds, and is planning to declare bankruptcy and run away with his little floozy (Marta Toren). Of course, Lom is not too clever about what he's doing, and Inspector Lucas (Marius Goring) is already sniffing around long before Rains does anything or knows anything. The story is modestly interesting, although there are some bits and pieces that are a little hard to swallow. The real value of the film is in the characterizations. Rains is convincing as a man repressing his impulses and desires until everything he understands about life and his place in it comes apart, and he lets go of all control. I love the quiet conversations between Goring's detective and Rains trembling, stammering suspect, as they enjoy a game of chess. We believe the detective is genuinely concerned about the little bookkeeper, and knows that something important is breaking down in this essentially good man. Unfortunately, the telling climactic scenes were so dark that I almost had to guess what happened. This film needs to be restored. Somehow the director made it seem like the only people in Paris were Rains, Goring, and a handful of miscreants. Nice claustrophobic feel. Worth a look.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?