The Third Annual Claude Rains Blogathon – The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952)

This is the second of 3 posts dedicated to The 3rd Annual Claude Rains Blogathon being held over at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society

Tnx Tiffany and Rebekah for letting me take part!

“The interesting thing about criminals, Mr. Popinga, is that they are just like anybody else.” – Lucas

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – An innocent bookkeeper is drawn into a world of deceit and deception after he discovers that his boss has been embezzling money from the company.

My Take on it – This is another film that I came across by accident while researching films for this blogathon.

They do a wonderful job creating a situation where a clean cut and innocent man can get into so much trouble beyond his control just by the way events play out around him.

One could call this coincidence or an accident, but the story is told in a very gripping way.

The pacing of things is great and the story is constantly on the move which helps raise the suspense level of everything that transpires.

Claude Rains does a splendid job in the lead role and makes us believe his character’s personality and innocence the whole way through despite everything that occurs around him.

There are some nice twists and turns in the plot that help keep things quite thrilling and suspenseful as we get to see how things can get so far out of control which enhances the story even more as things play out in ways one might never suspect.

Bottom Line – Really interesting way of showing how even innocent men can get caught up in nefarious actions by accident or coincidence. The story moves along at a great pace and allows the viewer to see how such a story could actually occur. Rains is superb in the lead role and plays this character so well because it’s so easy to believe everything that occurs along the way. The film has some nice twists and turns that help keep things suspenseful and thrilling as the story snowballs into something even more intriguing than one might expect. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The 100,000 guilders stolen from the company would equal about $26,320 at the time of this film, or $245,140 in 2017. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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3 thoughts on “The Third Annual Claude Rains Blogathon – The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952)

  1. Dear Rob,

    This is another great review! I enjoyed reading it. I have heard a bit about this film, but I like the way you encapsulated the plot. The idea of an innocent man getting trapped is really interesting. I’ll bet that Claude Rains is great in this story. Thank you for joining!

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan


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