Yes another week has passed by and it is time again to visit Wandering Through The Shelves and see what other people have picked for their 3 films. The theme this week is train movies.
Now I have already talked about one of my favourite films, "Strangers on a Train" so I will not include this one here. There are some other films I have not seen like "The General" starring Buster Keaton who also directed it and is considered one of the best films ever done. I could have done all Hitchcock since he had a thing for trains especially when they go into tunnels (North by Northwest)-I don't think he was getting any. Anyhoo here are my 3 picks.
1. The Lady Vanishes-1938
This time the Hitchcock heroine is a brunette, not a blond, and she becomes friendly with a kindly old lady on a train. The old lady disappears and nobody believes the young lass and thinks she has gone a bit batty. The train becomes stuck due to an avalanche which means the plot thickens! You meet all sorts of characters including 2 men who love cricket and sleep in the same bed-remember this is the 30's! Michael Redgrave (father to Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave, Granddad to Natasha Richardson), plays the love interest. It is quirky, funny and still very much a Hitchcock film. Highly recommended.
2. Von Ryan's Express-1965
Yup, a war film which I love and I love Westerns to boot! Believe it or not I really enjoyed this film even though it stars Frank Sinatra. Sinatra plays one of the few Americans in a POW camp which mainly hold British soldiers with the leader played by the under-rated Trevor Howard. They find a means of escape even though the British are wary of Ryan and where he stands. They end up on a train trying to head for Switzerland with the German's right behind them. It is action at its finest and a very enjoyable film.
3. Murder on the Orient Express-1974
I just love this film! Can I say...I love this film!! It is star-studded with the likes of Sean Connery, Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman. It take place on the most famous of trains which also gets stuck in snow and murder is afoot! Agatha Christie (I love her books) weaved in the true story of the Lindbergh Baby kidnapping case with a cast of characters each unique. I have to say Lauren Bacall, to me, deserved the Oscar over Ingrid Bergman in this film. You just have to see this gem!
So there are my 3. Which ones have you seen? Which train movie, that I don't list here, do you like? Love to know.