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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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Dr. Fredericks
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Capt. Prada (as Austen Trevor)
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Controller (as Keneth Kent)
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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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Until now (as of 2011), this film has not been released in Germany at all. See more »

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When Dickie and Anna come downstairs in the hotel elevator, the shadow of the elevator platform is moving down, but the shadows of the people inside the elevator are standing still. 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 »

Soundtracks

If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight)
Music by James P. Johnson
Words by Henry Creamer
Whistled by Rex Harrison while waiting in the hotel room in Berlin.
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A fabulous spy film boasting top draw scripting, and supreme direction.
26 August 2008 | by 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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