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Genres: Crime , Drama
Actors: Claude Rains , Marius Goring , Märta Torén , Ferdy Mayne , Herbert Lom , Lucie Mannheim , Anouk Aimée , Eric Pohlmann , Felix Aylmer , Gibb McLaughlin , Michael Nightingale , Robin Alalouf , Joan St. Clair , Michael Alain , Jean Deveaux
Director: Harold French
Country: United Kingdom, United States
Year: 1952
IMDB Rating: 5.9/10 (104 votes)

Meak head clerk Kees Popinga realises at the same time as the police that owner De Koster has stripped his Dutch company clean because of his infatuation with Parisian girl Michelle. After a confrontation between the two men De Koster ends up dead and Popinga makes off to Paris with the remaining money. There he contacts Michelle, with the police in close pursuit.

Film Review

This is a rarity, an obscure colour film starring Claude Rains late in his career (he was 63), in a film noir. Rains plays a quiet and respectable Chief Clerk of a Dutch manufacturing firm which is owned by Herbert Lom and his aged father. Unknown to everyone, Lom has been obsessed for some time by a scheming and criminal Parisian tart, played tempestuously by Marta Toren. He has looted the company of all of its cash and left it a bankrupt shell, prior to running off to Paris to a new life with his beloved. This is discovered at the last minute by Rains, who has sunk his entire family's savings in the company, and hence lost them. Rains snaps and turns on Lom, pushing him into a canal in a rage, where Lom drowns. Rains takes Lom's suitcase containing all the company's remaining cash and runs off to Paris, which he has always wanted to visit. He has been a train-spotter all his life, and for years has been noting the passage of the Paris Express. Now at last he is on it….

Most people think of the name "Georges Simenon" and can only recall Inspector Maigret. Even Agatha Christie has two detectives to her credit (Poirot and Miss Marple), and Conan Doyle did create the science fiction hero Professor Challenger besides Holmes. But Maigret is forever linked to the psychological/sociological thrillers concerning Maigret. Yet he did write other novels without his plump inspector. One is THE MAN WHO WATCHED THE TRAINS GO BY. Claude Rains is a family man in a textile firm in Holland, and is a model husband, father, and employee/clerk. But he has a yearning to travel. He wants to see the world. His sense of responsibility prevents it. Rains works for Herbert Lom. Lom inherited his company from a line of family owners through his father. It is several hundred years old. Lom appears to have great probity and honesty. He won't hire old Felix Aylmer because Aylmer's firm collapsed under questionable circumstances. So honest does Lom seem that Rains…

It was a surprise to see this title on the shelves at the local video store: although Claude Rains is one of my favourite actors, and this film features other fine actors such as Herbert Lom, Marius Goring and Felix Aylmer, the story line didn’t seem to be the usual fare rewarded with a video release. And indeed it is the story that both fascinated me and left me flat at the end.Rains’ meek company clerk is nicely judged; cunning but not worldly-wise, and seduced by the lights of Paris, in contrast to his small home town. The contrast, though, is poorly made – Rains’ clerk suit looks perfect throughout, even at Maxims – and we don’t see a return to family or their reaction to his plight. Even so, the story’s unfolding was interesting enough to keep me watching, (as well as for the technicolor exterior shots of Paris in the early 50’s).

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