Movie Diary 1/23/2018

Sleeping Car to Trieste (John Paddy Carstairs, 1948). A cool and funny installment in the never-ending collection of movies set on trains. This one has a Macguffin in the form of an espionage diary of some kind, with various travelers on the Orient Express vying to possess it. Good ensemble cast – nobody really has the central role – including fun types like David Tomlinson (the future Mary Poppins father) as an overly-social solo traveler who keeps butting into other people’s plots), Finlay Currie as a grouchy writer of some fame, and the ineffable Bonar Colleano, who played Americans in many UK films of the period. Remake of the 1932 Rome Express, which I want to see now.

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