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Director  Walter Forde
Story by  Clifford Grey
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Language  English
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Thriller
Production  Gaumont British
Country  United Kingdom
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Release date  November 1932 (1932-11) (UK)
Writer  Sidney Gilliat (additional dialogue), Sidney Gilliat (scenario), Clifford Grey (story), Ralph Stock (dialogue), Frank Vosper (dialogue)
Cast  Muriel Aked (Spinster), Joan Barry (Mrs. Maxted), Donald Calthrop (Poole), Finlay Currie (Sam, Publicist), Cedric Hardwicke (Alistair McBane), Gordon Harker (Tom Bishop)
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Rome Express is a 1932 British thriller film directed by Walter Forde and starring Esther Ralston and Conrad Veidt. Based on a story by Clifford Grey, with a screenplay by Sidney Gilliat, the film is about a European express train to Rome carrying a variety of characters, including thieves, adulterers, blackmail victims, and an American silent film star. The film won the American National Board of Review award for Best Foreign Film. Rome Express was remade in 1948 as Sleeping Car to Trieste.

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Plot

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The film's action takes place almost entirely on the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits train the Rome Express, travelling between Paris and Rome.

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Before the journey starts, a valuable painting by Van Dyck has been stolen from an art gallery in Paris.

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Zurta, a mysterious and sinister character, boards the train with an accomplice to search for the stolen painting, which he believes to be in the possession of Poole. Poole attempts to avoid being found by hiding in his sleeping compartment.

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As Zurta searches for the painting, he is soon involved with several other travellers, including an adulterous couple, an English golf-bore, a wealthy but tight-fisted businessman and his brow-beaten secretary/valet, a French police officer and an American film star with her manager/publicist.

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The painting is discovered by accident and passes through the hands of several people on the train, but after Zurta kills Poole, he is confronted by the police inspector. Attempting to escape, he leaps from the train and (presumably) is killed. The painting is presumed to be returned to the owners.

Cast

  • Esther Ralston as Asta Marvelle
  • Conrad Veidt as Zurta
  • Harold Huth as George Grant
  • Cedric Hardwicke as Alistair McBain
  • Joan Barry as Mrs Maxted
  • Gordon Harker as Tom Bishop
  • Donald Calthrop as Poole
  • Frank Vosper as M. Jolif
  • Finlay Currie as Sam the Publicist
  • Eliot Makeham as Mills
  • Back story

    Like the post-war remake of this film, Sleeping Car to Trieste, details of the 'back story' of the film are few. Zurta is assumed to be a professional criminal who organised the art theft. MacBain also covets the painting and has previously attempted to buy it.

    References

    Rome Express Wikipedia
    Rome Express IMDb Rome Express themoviedb.org


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