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The Paris Express (1952)

The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama | 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:

Harold French

Writers:

Georges Simenon (novel), Harold French (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claude Rains ... Kees Popinga
Märta Torén ... Michele Rozier
Marius Goring ... Lucas
Herbert Lom ... Julius de Koster, Jr.
Anouk Aimée ... Jeanne, The Prostitute (as Anouk)
Felix Aylmer ... Mr. Merkemans
Ferdy Mayne ... Louis
MacDonald Parke MacDonald Parke ... Chicago Businessman
Lucie Mannheim ... Maria Popinga
Eric Pohlmann ... Goin
Gibb McLaughlin ... Julius de Koster, Sr
Michael Nightingale Michael Nightingale ... Popinga's Clerk
Robin Alalouf Robin Alalouf ... Karl Popinga
Joan St. Clair Joan St. Clair ... Frida Popinga
Michael Alain 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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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Paris Express See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Initially actor Glenn Ford tried to produce this in 1950 with Hildegard Knef in the female lead. See more »

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Good
21 July 2009 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Kees Popinga (Claude Rains) is an uninteresting man who has been senior clerk with the same firm for 18 years. When police inspector Lucas (Marius Goring) turns up to question his boss Julius de Koster (Herbert Lom) about money laundering, it sets off a chain of events which sees Kees travelling to Paris with a suitcase of the firm's money to live out his fantasy. De Koster has drowned and Lucas is investigating the case. For the rest of the film, he pursues Kees who goes to De Koster's Parisien lover Michele (Marta Toren) in order to take her away with him for some excitement in life. However, she is after the money from him so that she can take off with her lover Louis (Ferdy Mayne). She protects Kees, who has hidden the money, from Lucas so that she can get hold of the money herself........how do things work out?........How will Kees's rigid moral code of integrity and loyalty cope with betrayal..?...

Its a well acted film, my favourite character being Marius Goring who plays a sympathetic policeman who genuinely cares about Kees and wants to protect him. The colour adds to the spectacle and its an enjoyable film......... It was nice to see that even boring people have got some cunning inside them!


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