Night Train To Paris '64
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There’s an especially creepy scene early on in an enclosed back alley where a thuggish bad guy closes in on a hapless informer. A major misfire is the raucous New Year’s Eve party on-board the train, which among other things goes on far too long. My experience has been that train movies are most effective when done low-keyed, the more so the better.
Along the way a bevy of Sixties-style beauties alternatingly tempt, annoy and betray Nielsen, but nominal femme fatale Aliza Gur is perilously close to being upstaged by the fetching Dorinda Stevens, who enters the film about half way through. NNTP has a short run time (65 min.) and suffers from what seems a hasty, truncated denouement. This one may not be a masterpiece, far from it. But with all its imperfections it’s still very easy to watch. Three stars.
A man stands in a telephone booth, another man approaches. A package is exchanged for an envelope of cash. Another man observes them, then follows the seller into an alley. “Where is the tape?” The man won’t talk. Elsewhere people try to travel from London to Paris on New Year’s Eve, but trains and airplanes are booked up. A woman asks about passage for a couple. Alan agrees, he has a plan. They won’t leave together, that attracts attention. Arrangements are made. [Don’t leave your front door unlocked!] That tape has important military information, it must be delivered to one man alone. What if that fat man with glasses shows up? Then he calls the police. Alan gets away to the Night Ferry. The police are on his trail. So too that fat man. Where can that package be hidden? [Is that a safe place?] The sleeping train leaves.
The police search Alan’s flat. The travelers must stay in their compartments while the police search the train. Can Alan hide from them? Its New Year’s Eve, people celebrate. Alan's compartment was searched, the tape is gone! The train is loaded aboard the ship, which then leaves port. That killer is on the train. Will a model talk to the police? [How did that model know that Alan wasn’t Georges?] The passengers celebrate, they don’t know what is happening. The police learn more, they will fly to Dunkirk and meet the French police. The older model, Olive Davis, has a surprise for Alan. A man in a bear suit leads Alan away to a hidden location ashore. There is a struggle, Alan drops the tape. The younger model has a surprise for Alan! “Not you, too!” The police arrive at that factory and capture the villains. That tape will be delivered to the correct official.
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He wears plastic black horn-rimmed glasses with attached eyebrows, large plastic nose, bushy moustache as a disguise. Yeah, stupid.
For train buffs, it has a train ferry (a ship or ferry designed to carry railway vehicles). It was probably the Dover to Dunkirk line, from Britain. (It stopped in 1992 due to the opening of the Channel Tunnel).
There's some cool jazz music and the intro is a nice assemblage, but that's it.
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very corny, keep waiting for leslie nielson to do something stupid...like make this film.Published 2 months ago by Jeryl Hargrave
OK 60's movie. Couldn't make up it's mind if it's comedy, drama, or a combination of the two. Alizia Gur is great to look at though.Published 16 months ago by William A Devenney
It is worth watching to see Leslie Nielsen, if you are a fan of his and have only seen him in his comedy spoof roles like Airplane, Naked Gun, and others. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by V. R. Padgett