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Rome Express (1932)

A sinister character boards the Rome Express on the trail of a valuable Van Dyck painting, recently stolen from a Paris gallery. Much to his annoyance he finds the train populated with a ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Forde

Writers:

Clifford Grey (by), Sidney Gilliat (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Conrad Veidt ... Zurta
Esther Ralston ... Asta Marvelle
Hugh Williams ... Tony
Donald Calthrop ... Poole
Joan Barry ... Mrs. Maxted
Harold Huth Harold Huth ... George Grant
Gordon Harker ... Tom Bishop
Eliot Makeham ... Mills
Cedric Hardwicke ... Alistair McBane
Frank Vosper ... M. Jolif
Finlay Currie ... Sam, Publicist
Muriel Aked Muriel Aked ... Spinster
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Storyline

A sinister character boards the Rome Express on the trail of a valuable Van Dyck painting, recently stolen from a Paris gallery. Much to his annoyance he finds the train populated with a motley assortment of passengers. including adulterous lovers, a very annoying golf fanatic, a French police chief and an American silent film star any one of whom could have the painting he desperately seeks.. Written by wxjuh

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ROMANCE AND ADVENTURE ROARING THRU THE NIGHT! (original USA poster-all caps) See more »


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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

6 February 1933 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El rey de los condenados See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on: at Shepherds Bush, London.) (British Acoustic Film New Process Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Finlay Currie would later play the McBane character (called MacBain) in the remake "Sleeping Car To Trieste". See more »

Quotes

Tom Bishop: Discretion is the better part of Wagons Lits.
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Featured in Film Profile: Michael Balcon (1961) See more »

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Done Right For the First Time
21 April 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Well-to-do people, all with their own secrets get aboard THE ROME EXPRESS, from a scenario by Sidney Gilliat.

One of the issues of looking at a movie that is clearly the precursor to another, well regarded movie, is that it invites invidious comparisons. It's a phenomenon I call "the end of history" and it reflects our bias that everyone and everything that happened before us is just leading up to our own magnificence, while everything after us will be a severe let-down. This movie was not made as a trial run for Hitchcock's THE LADY VANISHES, despite Gilliat, producer Michael Balcon and the presence of several plot elements -- including a couple who are cheating on their spouses -- that were later used in the more famous movie. If anything, the later movie was probably conceived as a remake.

Looking at this movie on its own merits, we can recognize it as a sparkling cast -- including Finlay Currie as an American, Cedric Hardwicke, Esther Ralson, Hugh Williams and the always brilliant Conrad Veidt as a mysterious threat. It is a skillful blending of comedy and thrills by director Walter Forde, who would return to the theme with 1941's THE MAIL TRAIN. Yes, Hitchcock and others would do it better; they had the model in this movie -- which is vastly entertaining on its own.


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