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The Dawn Express -- A Nazi spy ring is after a chemical formula that increases the power of ordinary gasoline for U.S. Army aviation use...


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Arthur St. Claire (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 March 1942 (USA) See more »
DEATH RIDES THE AIRWAYS! (original poster-all caps) See more »
A Nazi spy ring is after a chemical formula that increases the power of ordinary gasoline for U.S. Army aviation use... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Michael Whalen ... Robert Norton

Anne Nagel ... Nancy Fielding

William Bakewell ... Tom Fielding
Constance Worth ... Linda Pavlo
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... Capt. Gemmler (as Hans von Twardowski)

Jack Mulhall ... Chief Agent James Curtis
George Pembroke ... Prof. Karl Schmidt

Kenneth Harlan ... Agent Brown

Robert Frazer ... John Oliver
Hans von Morhart ... Heinrich - Kidnapper

Michael Vallon ... Argus - Blind Spy
Willy Castello ... Otto - Tavern Spy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Calvert ... Headwaiter (uncredited)

Jack Cheatham ... Max - the Bartender (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Nazi Spy (uncredited)
George Burr Macannan ... Wolf - Kidnap Car Driver (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Detective Shadowing Tom (uncredited)

George Morrell ... Waiter (uncredited)

C. Montague Shaw ... Franklin Prescott (uncredited)
Rudolf Steinboeck ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... Agent (uncredited)
Poppy Wilde ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... Heinrich's Partner - Kidnapper (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert Herman 
Writing credits
Arthur St. Claire (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
Arthur Alexander .... associate producer
Max Alexander .... producer
George M. Merrick .... producer
Cinematography by
Edward Linden  (as Eddie Linder)
Film Editing by
Leete Renick Brown  (as L.R. Brown)
Set Decoration by
James Altwies 
Production Management
George R. Batcheller Jr. .... executive in charge of production (as George R. Batcheller)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Seymour Roth .... assistant director
Sound Department
Corson Jowett .... sound engineer
Music Department
Lee Zahler .... musical director
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Dawn Express" - USA (poster title)
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62 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8135)

Did You Know?

The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area occurred Monday 21 January 1946 on pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1); in Philadelphia it was first telecast Saturday 13 November 1948 on WFIL (Channel 6).See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Some more zip in the gas tank, 9 October 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

It's a PRC film so start with low expectations, but The Dawn Express will not even meet those. This is a horribly dated early World War II era flag waver when we were told to be on the alert for Nazi spies everywhere.

Michael Whalen and William Bakewell are a pair of scientists working in a chemical laboratory on a formula to get a little more mileage out of the gasoline in your tank's tank. Something no doubt that General Patton will find invaluable, not to mention what it will do for the post war civilian drivers. The Nazis want it too and they're even sending one of their top scientists, flying him secretly to America to test it for himself.

It's Bakewell they get to first putting an alluring Constance Worth in his path. Bakewell does fancy himself a player. Then it's up to Whalen to keep the formula out of Nazi hands and rescue Bakewell if he can do both. In fact he's engaged to Bakewell's sister Anne Nagel.

There are about a dozen holes in this story and it looks like it was shot with an old Bell&Howell home movie camera. I just hope our post war drivers got the benefit of this research.

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