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Night Train to Munich (1940)

Not Rated | | Thriller, War | 29 December 1940 (USA)
When Germany invades Czechoslovakia, the German and the British intelligence services try to capture Czech scientist Axel Bomasch, inventor of a new type of armor-plating.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dickie Randall a.k.a. Gus Bennett
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Karl Marsen (as Paul von Hernried)
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Naunton Wayne ...
James Harcourt ...
Axel Bomasch
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Dr. Fredericks
Wyndham Goldie ...
Dryton
Roland Culver ...
Roberts
Eliot Makeham ...
Schwab
Raymond Huntley ...
Kampenfeldt
Austin Trevor ...
Capt. Prada (as Austen Trevor)
Kenneth Kent ...
Controller (as Keneth Kent)
C.V. France ...
Admiral Hassinger
Frederick Valk ...
Gestapo Officer (as Fritz Valk)
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Storyline

When the Germans march into Prague, armour-plating inventor Dr Bomasch flees to England. His daughter Anna escapes from arrest to join him, but the Gestapo manage to kidnap them both back to Berlin. As war looms, British secret service agent Gus Bennet follows disguised as a senior German army officer. His ploy is the not unpleasant one of pretending to woo Anna to the German cause. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Trivia

The opening credits name Paul Henreid by his actual name, which is Paul von Hernreid. See more »

Goofs

When they arrive in Munich the first Gestapo car has a Mercedes hood ornament but appears to be a Packard, probably a model Super 8. The Packard Super 8 has a distinctive grill shape and small fins on the headlight housings, as does the car in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Gus Bennett: Have you ever heard of an organized escape ?
Anna Bomasch: Organized ?
Gus Bennett: To lead them to your father.
Anna Bomasch: But that's fantastic. Karl doesn't even know where I am.
Gus Bennett: Are you sure of that ?
Anna Bomasch: Of course. I told no one.
Gus Bennett: Good. Honestly, I don't want to throw a monkey wrench into the romance.
Anna Bomasch: Thank you. I appreciate that you're inspired by the highest motives and that you'll go to any lengths to pursue them.
Gus Bennett: Any lengths.
Anna Bomasch: Even to exhibiting yourself in public as a singer.
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Spun-off from The Lady Vanishes (1938) See more »

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Only Love Can Lead the Way
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Written by Harry M. Woods
Performed by Rex Harrison
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A fabulous spy film boasting top draw scripting, and supreme direction.
26 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Carol Reed is a truly wonderful director, his CV boasts the likes of The Third Man, Oliver and Odd Man Out, all great films for sure, which only makes it more infuriating that a gem like Night Train To Munich is incredibly hard to get hold of. I have only managed to catch it myself because of the unearthing of VHS tapes long thought to have been lost years ago, and it's just like finding hidden treasure I tell you! Based on a story by Gordon Wellesley, and scripted by the adroitly talented teaming of Sydney Gilliat/Frank Launder, Night Train To Munich is a lesson in how to not over blow your subject, all the sequences flow without boring the viewer, with Reed astutely approaching the material with subtlety instead of blunderbuss bluster.

Another highlight of the movie to me is that it could have so easily been a propaganda bore, the Germans being the devil incarnate, but here it feels that an equality of characterisations was the order of the day. Something that many other genre pieces lost sight of further down the line. Rex Harrison, Margaret Lockwood and Paul Henreid are all excellent here, whilst wonderful comedic relief comes courtesy of Naunton Wayne and Basil Radford's English cricketers {fans of The Lady Vanishes will identify right away}. Although this picture is script driven above all else, the action sequences are a joy to behold, with the final third of the picture an unadulterated pleasure, spies and stooges, plants and treachery, oh it's all here folks, enjoy, if you can get a good print of it! 9/10


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