February 28, 2017


Sleeping Car to Trieste – 1948 | 95 mins | Thriller | B&W

Plot Synopsis

Sleeping Car to Trieste

Sleeping Car to Trieste is a remake of Walter Fordeís classic train-set thriller Rome Express (1932) but lacks the originals dynamic and polished direction.

When the Orient Express pulls out of the Gare de Lyon it has some very contrasting characters on board. The most nervous of them is Poole (Alan Wheatley), a petty crook who has double-crossed two criminals, Zurta and Valya (Albert Lieven and Jean Kent), and stolen a diary containing important political information from a Parisian embassy.

The two crooks manage to jump aboard the train while it is moving, and as it journeys from Trieste to Zagreb through the beautiful European countryside, the majority of disparate passengers are unaware that amidst them are two murderers with revenge on their minds. When Poole is killed, Parisian policeman Inspector Jolif (Paul Dupuis) endeavours to ensure the diary does not fall into the hands of criminal mastermind Zurta.

Production Team

John Paddy Carstairs: Director
Ralph W Brinton: Art Direction
Jack Hildyard: Cinematography
Sidney Stone: Editing
Tony Sforzini: Makeup Department
Vivienne Walker: Makeup Department
Benjamin Frankel: Original Music
George H Brown: Producer
Allan MacKinnon: Script
William Douglas Home: Script
George Croll: Sound Department
Kenneth Heeley-Ray: Sound Department
John W Mitchell: Sound Department


Jean Kent: Valya
Albert Lieven: Zurta
Derrick De Marney: George Grant
Paul Dupuis: Detective Inspector Jolif
Rona Anderson: Joan Maxted
David Tomlinson: Tom Bishop
Bonar Colleano: Sergeant West
Finlay Currie: Alastair MacBain
Gregoire Aslan: Poirier
Hugh Burden: Mills
David Hutcheson: Denning

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