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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kees Popinga
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Michele Rozier
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Julius de Koster, Jr.
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Jeanne, the prostitute (as Anouk)
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Mr. Merkemans
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Louis
MacDonald Parke ...
Chicago Businessman
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Maria Popinga
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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
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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>

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A Non-Stop Suspense Thriller

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A worthy Claude Rains film
6 December 1999 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

It was a surprise to see this title on the shelves at the local video store: although Claude Rains is one of my favourite actors, and this film features other fine actors such as Herbert Lom, Marius Goring and Felix Aylmer, the story line didn't seem to be the usual fare rewarded with a video release. And indeed it is the story that both fascinated me and left me flat at the end.

Rains' meek company clerk is nicely judged; cunning but not worldly-wise, and seduced by the lights of Paris, in contrast to his small home town. The contrast, though, is poorly made - Rains' clerk suit looks perfect throughout, even at Maxims - and we don't see a return to family or their reaction to his plight. Even so, the story's unfolding was interesting enough to keep me watching, (as well as for the technicolor exterior shots of Paris in the early 50's).


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