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Desperate Journey (1942)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 26 September 1942 (USA)
When the crew of a downed British bomber escape from their Nazi captors with Top Secret intelligence, they make a desperate journey to get out of Germany alive.

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Flying Officer Johnny Hammond
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Kaethe Brahms
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Major Otto Baumeister
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Flight Sergeant Kirk Edwards
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Flying Officer Jed Forrest
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Dr. Mather (as Albert Basserman)
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Preuss
Patrick O'Moore ...
Squadron Leader Lane-Ferris
Felix Basch ...
Hermann Brahms
Ilka Grüning ...
Frau Brahms (as Ilka Gruning)
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Frau Raeder (as Else Basserman)
Charles Irwin ...
Captain Coswick
Richard Fraser ...
Squadron Leader Clark
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When Flight Lt Forbes and his crew are shot down after bombing their target, they discover valuable information, about a hidden German aircraft factory, that must get back to England. In their way across Germany, they try and cause as much damage as possible. Then with the chasing Germans about to pounce, they come up with an ingenious plan to escape. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Fugitivos del infierno  »

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Trivia

One of the few times that Australian Errol Flynn actually played an Australian. See more »

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The German steam locomotives and rolling stock are clearly of North American design. See more »

Quotes

Hermann Brahms: We think it is necessary to invade. To smash these men, right on their own soil.
Flight Sergeant Kirk Edwards: Oh, well we're going to get around to that.
Hermann Brahms: Yes, sure, but when?
Flight Lieutenant Terrence Forbes: Well, so far, Winston and Franklin haven't taken us in to their confidence.
Flying Officer Johnny Hammond: And, you know, the funny thing is, they seem to be doing alright without our help.
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Referenced in Shadows (1959) See more »

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God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
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27 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Errol Flynn, Alan Hale, Ronald Reagan, Arthur Kennedy, and Ronald Sinclair are on a "Desperate Journey" in this 1942 wartime film directed by Raoul Walsh. The film also stars Raymond Massey as a German commandant and Nancy Coleman as a member of the underground.

Flynn and his pals crash land in Germany and attempt to fulfill their mission plus destroy other enemy sites and enemies as they make their way to safety.

For guys trapped in an enemy country, arrested at one point, and in constant danger, they're a pretty lighthearted bunch. They're also amazing at getting out of tight spots.

While it's not particularly realistic, "Desperate Journey" is very entertaining with non-stop action all the way, a charming performance by that prince of charm, Errol Flynn, and good support. People are terrible about Ronald Reagan's acting - he didn't have much range, but he was pleasant enough and very good for a role in this kind of film.

One interesting thing is that I didn't understand any of the German, which I usually do, so I wondered if it was a dialect. As usual, the actors used the formal instead of the familiar tense, which I doubt officers did when speaking to soldiers. In one part of the movie, a German is asked if he speaks English, and he answers, "I speak as if I was in London born," which is exactly the way the German language is spoken, with the verb at the end. So someone knew what they were doing.

Recommended.


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