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Peking Express (1951)

A group of refugees fleeing Chinese Communist rule via train are beset by a gang of terrifying outlaws.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

John Meredyth Lucas (screenplay), Jules Furthman (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Joseph Cotten ... Michael Bachlin
Corinne Calvet ... Danielle Grenier
Edmund Gwenn ... Father Joseph Murray
Marvin Miller ... Kwon
Benson Fong ... Wong
Soo Yong Soo Yong ... Li Elu
Robert W. Lee Robert W. Lee ... Ti Chen
Gregory Gaye ... Stanislaus (as Gregory Gay)
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A group of refugees fleeing Chinese Communist rule via train are beset by a gang of terrifying outlaws.

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1951 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

O Expresso de Pequim See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,398,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Kwon: Father Murray, the Pilgrim priest!
Father Joseph Murray: Mr. Kwon! Your fortunes have improved immeasurably.
Kwon: Yes, the Gods have been gracious. But I will not detain you further. My business with you is very simple. I want money. How much do you think your superiors at the Catholic University in Peking would pay for your safe return?
Father Joseph Murray: I'm afraid you overestimate my importance. There will be no ransom.
Kwon: Then, Father, can you think of any good reason why I should not have you shot?
Father Joseph Murray: I can think of no reason that would ...
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Remake of Night Plane from Chungking (1943) See more »

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Second remake of Josef vonSternberg's Shanghai
19 September 2003 | by barattagSee all my reviews

Peking Express was the second remake of Josef vonSternberg's Shanghai Express. In the original film, a group of railroad passengers escaping war-torn China are overtaken by Chinese; in the first remake, Night Plane to Chungking, a plane is forced down in a jungle surrounded by Japanese troops. In Peking Express, the chief villains are Chinese again, but the passengers are now refugees of the Communists. Joseph Cotten (as a doctor) and Corinne Calvet (as a "woman of the world") are among the pilgrims threatened by Oriental outlaw Marvin Miller and his gang. The elements of social and religious hypocrisy in the original Shanghai Express are downplayed in the 1951 version, as is the shady past of leading lady Calvet (who inadequately fills the role originated by Marlene Dietrich). Peking Express is not the classic that the vonSternberg film had been, but on its own is a snappy little melodrama.

Hope you find this more useful than Petelush's posted review of this film, in which he confesses he may not have actually seen the film but describes his childhood vacations in detail? Why? Only slightly less useful than asking my cat for a film review.


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