Review: ‘Rome Express’

The acting and casting call attention to Rome Express. A combination of Grand Hotel and Shanghai Express, nevertheless it is original in conception and execution. Casting is superb and the players all excellent.

The acting and casting call attention to Rome Express. A combination of Grand Hotel and Shanghai Express, nevertheless it is original in conception and execution. Casting is superb and the players all excellent.

Conrad Veidt does an unusually good job as Zurta, a criminal, and Frank Vosper makes a human being of Jolif, the head of the French Surete.

Story is laid entirely on a train which travels out of Paris. Veidt and Hugh Williams are adventurers chasing Donald Calthrop, who double-crossed them after stealing a famous painting. Also on the train are Joan Barry and Harold Huth, married but not traveling with their legal mates; Esther Ralston, a film star, and her American manager, Finlay Currie; as also Cedric Hardwicke, a philanthropist, and his secretary (Eliot Makeham); and Vosper, head of the French police. Search for the picture leads to murder, with all those above named involved. Theft, murder and explanation unravel before the train ends its run.

Rome Express

UK

Production

Gaumont-British. Director Walter Forde; Producer Michael Balcon; Screenplay Sidney Gilliat, Clifford Grey, Frank Vosper, Ralph Stock; Camera Gunther Krampf; Editor Frederick Y. Smith; Music [uncredited]; Art Director A. L. Mazzei

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1932. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Conrad Veidt Esther Ralston Joan Barry Cedric Hardwicke Frank Vosper Hugh Williams
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