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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)


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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

November 1932 (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

The first production at Shepherd's Bush studios. See more »

Quotes

Tom Bishop: Discretion is the better part of Wagons Lits.
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Connections

Remade as Sleeping Car to Trieste (1948) See more »

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22 September 2005 | by mail-671See all my reviews

This is the great granddaddy of train portmanteau thrillers and Walter Forde,like Hitchcock, had a thing for trains - he even remade his now lost 1931 "The Ghost Train" and became a serious leading British Director. The production of Rome Express opened the large new Lime Grove(Gainsborough)studios in W London using two huge sets to accommodate both terminii & the impressive express. Conrad Veidt was a comparative newcomer to London from Germany escaping a future under the Nazis and stayed to make a number of other acclaimed 30s films like "Jew Suss" "Passing of the Third Floor Back" "Dark Journey" & "Under The Red Robe" until ending up at Denham with the Kordas. He loved Britain and loathed Hitler but this didn't stop his 40s performances as an assortment of nazi officials - "Escape" "Spy In Black" and,of course,"Casablanca". The popular Scottish actor,Finlay Currie played the same part in this and its almost shot-for-shot remake 15 years later at 70.He was probably best known as the convict,Magwitch, in the superb 1946 remake of "Great Expectations".


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