Death Was a Passenger (1958)

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A man meets a nun on a train journey. They recognise each other. In flashback, the story of how they met on another train journey is told. The man was a British soldier who was parachuted into occupied France, during the Second World War. After a raid, he was escaping in disguise on a train going to the border. The nun was travelling in the same compartment with another nun. The soldier's identity was guessed by the travellers but the nun reassured him that he would not be given away by them. The nun advised him to hide in the toilet at the back of the train and leave the door open, to avoid the suspicion of the German soldiers who would search the train at the next stop. It seemed the soldier would not be discovered until the train pulled away from the station. He grabbed the door and a German soldier saw his hand. A small French boy ran to the compartment to tell the travellers what was happening. The German soldier was stabbed in the back by a mysterious assailant and died. The British soldier threw the body from the train. On returning to the compartment he tried to discover the identity of his saviour but the nun spoke as if the Germans had never boarded the train and advised him to sleep. After recalling the events, the man asks the nun if she will shed more light on what happened. She reveals that her companion was a British agent, whom she was helping to escape. She intimates that the agent killed the German soldier. In relief, the man asks if the nun still has any contact with the agent. She replies that she is now on the way to visit her.

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