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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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A screaming, screen-shaking once in a lifetime adventure! See more »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Fugitivos del infierno  »

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Trivia

When Ronald Reagan's character is awakened, he complains that in his dream he had a date with Ann Sheridan. Reagan had played opposite Sheridan three times including his two previous features, "Juke Girl" and "Kings Row." See more »

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At the beginning of the movie when the crew is starting engines, the aircraft shown is a twin engine Lockheed Hudson.. they show the engines starting twice to give the impression it is a 4 engine Boeing B-17 - which is what the crew is supposed to be flying. See more »

Quotes

Flying Officer Johnny Hammond: Come on, you big pickle-puss. Just give me one chance to kick you right in the middle of your goose-step!
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Referenced in The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944) See more »

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Waltzing Matilda
(1895) (uncredited)
Original music by Christina Macpherson (1895)
(Based on the Scottish tune "Craigielee", music by James Barr, with words by Robert Tannahill)
Revised music by Marie Cowan (1903)
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson (1895)
Partially sung a cappella by Errol Flynn
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Worth Watching!
18 January 2006 | by (Las Cruces NM) – See all my reviews

Propaganda? Yes. Some preposterous scenes? Yes. Entertaining? Very. Think "Hogan's Heros", with a Keystone Kops chase scene.

It is easy to imagine folks in theaters in 1942 cheering loudly as the GIs outwit the thick headed Germans in one escapade after another. Just when it appears they have escaped capture, they are surrounded by the enemy again, with no apparent chance to escape this time.

It is easy to find fault with many films, and this one is no exception. However, imperfect films can still be very entertaining if we allow them to be!

Not currently out on VHS or DVD - but look for it on Turner Classics.


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