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Sleeping Car to Trieste (1948)

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

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Kent ... Valya
Albert Lieven ... Zurta
Derrick De Marney ... George Grant
Paul Dupuis ... Detective Inspector Jolif
Rona Anderson ... Joan Maxted
David Tomlinson ... Tom Bishop
Bonar Colleano ... Sergeant West
Finlay Currie ... Alastair MacBain
Grégoire Aslan ... Poirier, the chef (as Coco Aslan)
Alan Wheatley Alan Wheatley ... Karl / Charles Poole
Hugh Burden ... Mills
David Hutcheson David Hutcheson ... Denning
Claude Larue Claude Larue ... Andrée
Zena Marshall ... Suzanne
Leslie Weston 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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Country:

UK

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English | French | Italian

Release Date:

8 November 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleeping Car to Trieste See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Sweden this movie was given the title "Sovvagn till Venedig" which means, you guessed it, "Sleeping Car to Venice". See more »

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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.
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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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Remake of Rome Express (1932) See more »

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You may well fall asleep before Trieste
19 October 2013 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Albert Lieven (Zurta) and Jean Kent (Valya) pursue Alan Wheatley (Karl) aboard the Orient Express. The object of their attention is a diary which Lieven must recover and leave the train with before he reaches Trieste.

The film needed to go in either the comedy direction or the thriller direction. As it goes, it combines both which is frustrating. The final moments on the train are quite shocking given the rather lame humour which we have been fed during the previous hour and forty minutes. The ending seems out of place in this otherwise frothy adventure.

Most of the actors are irritating. They play comedy roles that never make you laugh, except once – lawyer Derek De Marney (George) comes out with a classic laugh-out-loud moment when he presents his 3 theories of how someone has ended up dead to policeman Paul Dupuis (Inspector Jolif). It's the best moment of the film and we re-winded it twice! The best in the cast are Lieven and Kent, who play it straight and provide the thriller part to the film – the reason to watch it. Some characters are actually completely superfluous to the story – the bird watcher, the GI, the French cook and the British cook. There are too many characters providing comedy parts.

As a whole, you watch to see what happens but it gets boring and the Brits speak in that ridiculous posh way that makes you cringe, and it basically helps to portray them as twerps. Not what is required for a good thriller.


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