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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.


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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Valya
... Zurta
... George Grant
... Detective Inspector Jolif
... Joan Maxted
... Tom Bishop
Bonar Colleano ... Sergeant West
... Alastair MacBain
... Poirier, the chef (as Coco Aslan)
Alan Wheatley ... Karl / Charles Poole
... Mills
David Hutcheson ... Denning
Claude Larue ... Andrée
... Suzanne
Leslie Weston ... Randall


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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Sleeping Car to Trieste  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters and events portrayed in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to any incident or individual is coincidental. See more »


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 »


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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Rattling Good Post-War Thriller
15 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a rattling good post-war thriller.It features customs duty evasion, adultery, espionage, murder, robbery in fact the screen writers attempted to include almost all the major crimes in their script (apart from sex crimes which were denied by the prevailing film code on film producers).The film is mainly played out on the romantic "Orient Express" with an international cast as it journeys from Paris-Simplon-Venice-Trieste across the Continent of Western Europe.Trains are a favourite location for thriller writers and several famous films were made with them as a backdrop: "The 39 Steps" (1935), "The Lady Vanishes" (1938), and "Night Train to Munich" (1940) all of which I can recommend to 1940s film buffs.

I have quite a few films from the 1940s, my favourite era.If fans want to see the principal players from "Sleeping Car to Trieste" cast in leading roles, they should attempt to obtain the following films: Derrick de Marney - George Grant, a younger actor in Hitchcock's "Young & Innocent" (1937), Jean Kent - Valya, still playing rather sadistic roles in "The Browning Version" (1951), Albert Lieven - Zarta, more sympathetic as a portrait painter in "The Seventh Veil" (1945), Paul Depuis - Det.Insp. Jolif, a French Aristocrat in "Madness of the Heart" (1949) & "Passport to Pimlico" (1949), Bonar Colleano - Sgt. West, virtually playing the same role in "The Way to the Stars" (1945), Finalay Currie - Alistair MacBain, such a versatile actor, try the convict in "Great Expectations" (1946) with John Mills, David Tomlinson - Tom Bishop, his best role was as one of the "Three Men in a Boat" (1953).Finally, Alan Wheatley is indelibly imprinted on my memory as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1950s British TV series "The Adventures of Robin Hood" starring Richard Green.

The plot without spoilers has already been indicated by other reviewers so I will restrict my comments on the acting.In the main it was very creditable and it has an interesting mix of international stars.The action never lets up but with the 1940s moral code in place, you know the guilty must eventually receive their comeuppance.In todays politically correct climate I am always fascinated by how often actors in these 1940s films light up and drink copious quantities of Scotch.It makes a refreshing change and reminds me of my youth when steam was the norm on railways.I rated it 6/10.P.S. I was born in 1946.

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