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Director:
Writers:
Gordon Wellesley (based on an original story by)
Sidney Gilliat (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
29 December 1940 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
When the Germans march into Prague, armour-plating inventor Dr Bomasch flees to England. His daughter Anna escapes from arrest to join him... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
The Spy Who Went Into the Cold See more (36 total) »

Cast

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Margaret Lockwood ... Anna Bomasch

Rex Harrison ... Gus Bennett

Paul Henreid ... Karl Marsen (as Paul von Hernried)
Basil Radford ... Charters
Naunton Wayne ... Caldicott
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)
Morland Graham ... Teleferic Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Baxter ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jane Cobb ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Arthur Denton ... Deckchair Attendant (uncredited)
Ian Fleming ... Official at Home Office, MI5 (uncredited)
Irene Handl ... Station Master (uncredited)
Bryan Herbert ... Inspector on Train (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
David Horne ... Official at Prague Steel Works (uncredited)
Allan Jeayes ... Prisoner in Concentration Camp Lineup (uncredited)
Albert Lieven ... Concentration Camp Guard (uncredited)
Howard Marion-Crawford ... SS Officer Checking Passes (uncredited)
G.H. Mulcaster ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Oliver ... SS Officer at Concentration Camp (uncredited)
Winifred Oughton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Wally Patch ... Fisherman (uncredited)
J.H. Roberts ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Billy Russell ... Adolf Hitler (uncredited)
Torin Thatcher ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Wilfred Walter ... Official at Prague Steel Works (uncredited)

John Wengraf ... Concentration Camp Physician (uncredited)
Ben Williams ... Train Steward (uncredited)
Pat Williams ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Pardoe Woodman ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Carol Reed 
 
Writing credits
Gordon Wellesley (based on an original story by)

Sidney Gilliat (screenplay) (as Sydney Gilliat) and
Frank Launder (screenplay)

Produced by
Edward Black .... producer
 
Original Music by
Louis Levy (uncredited)
Charles Williams (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Otto Kanturek (photography)
 
Film Editing by
R.E. Dearing 
 
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky  (as Vetchinsky)
 
Production Management
Maurice Ostrer .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Ward Baker .... second unit director (uncredited)
Douglas Peirce .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Maurice Carter .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
B.C. Sewell .... sound supervisor
Sydney Wiles .... recording (as S. Wiles)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Davis Boulton .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
 
Other crew
Michael Gordon .... cutting
Leslie Frewin .... publicist (uncredited)
Jo Harcourt .... continuity (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Night Train" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
USA:90 min | UK:95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Full Range Recording System)
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Trivia:
The second of four cinematic appearances by Charters and Caldicott (played by Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne). They first appeared in The Lady Vanishes (1938), also written by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder. They later appeared in Crook's Tour (1941), and in Millions Like Us (1943), which was also written by Gilliat and Lauder.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
Controller:We can't afford to waste time.
[to Admiral Hassinger]
Controller:You didn't give him permission to travel with the prisoners, did you sir ?
Admiral Hassinger:No, no. But he may have assumed it. If you remember, we more or less gave him carte blanche.
Controller:The only thing is to check up with the War Office, sir.
Admiral Hassinger:I suppose so.
Controller:[picks up phone] War Office.
Admiral Hassinger:If he's right, this will be very serious for you, Kampfeldt.
Controller:Very serious indeed.
Capt. Prada:That letter was addressed to you. There's no denying that, Kampfeldt.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Spin off from The Lady Vanishes (1938)See more »
Soundtrack:
German National Anthem (Das Lied der Deutschen)See more »

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46 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
The Spy Who Went Into the Cold, 9 June 2004
Author: Norman K. Gillen (norman.gillen@hotmail.com) from Corpus Christi TX

Carol Reed, a film craftsman of the highest order, directed this underrated wartime spy-thriller rather early in his career. And though "Night Train" may feel routine as one is experiencing it initially, there are individual scenes and performers which, afterwards, remain vivid in one's memory: the controlled egoism of Rex Harrison's quick-thinking British agent; the vulnerability of Margaret Lockwood's Czech refugee; the naked sensitivity of Paul Henreid's villain, a Czechoslovakian traitor collaborating with the Nazis. This is the romantic triangle around whom are chronicled events leading up to and including September 3, 1939 - the day France and England declared war on Germany after Panzers and Stukas crossed over the Polish border.

The film opens approximately a year earlier, with the camera tracking into Hitler's mountain retreat over Berchtesgaden, as we witness Der Fuhrer himself ordering the occupation of Czech territory. However, the Nazis desire not only territory, but the talented physicists and scientists housed within - geniuses such as Axel Bomasch, an industrial wizard who manages to just escape the clutches of the S.S. and fly safely to Britain, where he is safeguarded by MI-5, in the personage of agent "Gus Bennett" (Harrison). However, Bomasch's daughter, Anna (Ms. Lockwood), is caught and imprisoned in a Nazi concentration-camp where she befriends a fellow inmate, Karl Marsen (Henreid). Both manage to flee their Nazi jailers and sail a tramp steamer for England: Anna, to re-unite with her father; and Marsen, to make contact with those who share his real allegiance - to the Third Reich. With the help of an oculist (Felix Aylmer), planted in England years before by the Abwehr, Marsen arranges for the successful abduction of both Bomasch and his daughter, both of whom are transported to Berlin. Bennett, angry at his own failure to keep Bomasch and Anna within the Allied camp, volunteers to travel into Germany, disguised as an officer of Hitler's High Command, in order to retrieve the pair and atone for his own seeming incompetence.

The film then accelerates into a series of tense confrontations between Bennett and those he hopes to dupe, in both Berlin and on a train-ride to Munich. The action culminates in a skillfully directed chase scene, climaxing on the Swiss border, where the term "cliff-hanger" takes on literal meaning. Along the way, there appear various secondary characters - the 'team' of Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne, for example, are thrown in for their droll, underplaying of some cleverly written dialogue ("No copies of Punch?! Hmmm. Must have sold out."). But the real comic relief is provided by Irene Handl, as a German stationmaster who, in one scene, brushes off the "gentlemen," Radford and Wayne, like so much confetti. Her deliberate scene-stealing here marks the highest moment of levity in the whole film.

The one element in Carol Reed's storytelling that always distinguished him as a director worth noting was a quality he shared with Jean Renoir - the generous feeling he had toward his characters, even the so-called villains. Human flaws and defects such as professional incompetence and blind allegiances on the part of the characters are noted but tolerated – understood in a sense. The rigid bureaucracy of a dictatorial government is deftly satirized in the character of a prissy but practical German civil servant (Raymond Huntley) who, when confronted with a forged document that escaped his notice, is asked by his Nazi superiors if he knows what this will mean for him. The bureaucrat politely replies, "Yes. It means I shall have to sack my secretary."

And in "Night Train's" final shot, we see Henreid's Nazi, jilted in more ways than one; yet Reed frames him sorrowfully, as if he were a sort of Universal Everyloser. Reed's sympathy, therefore, is not with one side in a war. His compassion extends to all humanity. And this, more than anything else, is what partly separates "Night Train" from most of the other countless anti-Nazi films of the early Forties.

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