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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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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
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Schwab
Raymond Huntley ...
Kampenfeldt
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Capt. Prada (as Austen Trevor)
Kenneth Kent ...
Controller (as Keneth Kent)
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Admiral Hassinger
Frederick Valk ...
Gestapo Officer (as Fritz Valk)
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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 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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The last of seven films Margaret Lockwood made with director Carol Reed. The others are _Midshipman Easy (1935)_; _Who's Your Lady Friend? (1937)_; _Three on a Weekend (1938)_; _A Girl Must Live (1939)_; _The Stars Look Down (1940)_; and _Girl in the News (1940)_. See more »

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In the background, a radio reports that Adolf Hitler has just ordered a counter-attack against Poland as Dickie Randall begins his mission in Germany. After the passage of just one night, it is reported that Britain is at war with Germany. However, Germany attacked Poland on 1st September and Brtain went to war with Germany on 3rd Spetember, hence there would actually have been two intervening nights. See more »

Quotes

Caldicott: [Looking through papers in stationmaster's office] It's all in German.
Charters: [to telephone operator] What ? Well, how long then ? Oh, alright.
[to Caldicott]
Charters: Blasted junction's engaged by the military. They'll call me back.
Caldicott: These people seem to have no idea of business as usual.
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Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

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Your Heart Skips a Beat
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Maurice Sigler
Performed by Rex Harrison and an unidentified woman
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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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