This was the first Hollywood production dealing with the controversial Spanish Civil War, then much in the headlines and debated hotly across the nation as the bloody testing ground between democracy and fascism. Yet the film makes little political comment, dealing instead with a group of
refugees fleeing war-ravaged Madrid (then in the hands of the Loyalists). The impressive cast and solid story line, fragmented into the lives of the passengers on the train, make this one enjoyable and often exciting, even though it's really little more than GRAND HOTEL on wheels. The passengers
include army deserter Cummings, wealthy baroness Morley, prostitute Mack, Ayres, a cyn...