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Night Train to Munich (1940)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Lockwood ...
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Gus Bennett
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Karl Marsen (as Paul von Hernried)
Basil Radford ...
Naunton Wayne ...
James Harcourt ...
Axel Bomasch
Felix Aylmer ...
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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29 December 1940 (USA)  »

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Trivia

As noted in the opening caption, the action of the film takes place during the year preceding the Second World War (beginning with the Anschluss of Austria into the Third Reich in March 1938) and closes on the night of Sunday September 3rd 1939 (the day the United Kingdom declared war on Germany). See more »

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Although the credits name Raymond Huntley's character as Kampenfeldt, the dialogue (and his office door at the German Admiralty) give it as Kampfeldt. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Prada: One moment, Major. You will be surprised to hear that Bomasch is no longer in England.
Gus Bennett: What ?
Capt. Prada: He was brought back to Germany only a few hours ago. In fact, he's in this building now.
Gus Bennett: But this completely alters my plans. Perhaps you can arrange for me to see Herr Bomasch at once.
Capt. Prada: I'm afraid it's impossible. He's with the controller.
Gus Bennett: But surely there's no harm in my asking him a few questions.
Capt. Prada: It's beyond my province, Major. I'll pass you on to Captain Viengarten, but frankly I don't think it ...
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Spun-off from The Lady Vanishes (1938) See more »

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German National Anthem (Das Lied der Deutschen)
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Composed by Joseph Haydn
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Just what was pumping on the Siegfried Line?
20 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was made at a point of frustration and fear for the British. They had bumbled into a frightening war against a truly evil foreign government, and had watched helplessly as their ally fell. It is a mark of the strength of British character that this movie was made, complete with a healthy dollop of comedy in it (including self-parody). Basically the film acknowledges the treachery and evil of the Nazis and their collaborators (Paul Henried here), and the failure of the British to successfully account for it in the period of Chamberlain's government (Baldwin's previous government had tried to counter it but faced overwhelming pacifist spirit in the Labor and Tory Parties). Rex Harrison (aided by Basil Radford and Naughton Wayne) represent the Britain that pulls itself together to use the same deceit to snatch back what was lost.

As noted in several comments above, Radford and Wayne are Charters and Caldicott again, still traveling on continental trains, discussing cricket matches, and proving up to fighting the enemy if that enemy shows it's hands. Harrison looks almost dashing (complete with monocle) in his Nazi disguise outfit. He makes the comment about the Siegfried Line at one point...and nobody ever has explained it. The best single line belongs to Raymond Huntley, as a Nazi officer trying to understand whether the comment "This is a fine country we live in" was meant as a put down or not. After being left alone for a moment or two, he repeats it with different emphasis on "fine country". Then looking at the camera with complete honesty he says "This is a bloody awful country we live in." I am sure British audiences in 1940 fully agreed with Huntley.


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