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Desperate Journey (1942)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  26 September 1942 (USA)
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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
Nancy Coleman ...
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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Flight Sergeant Lloyd Hollis
Albert Bassermann ...
Dr. Mather (as Albert Basserman)
Sig Ruman ...
Preuss
Patrick O'Moore ...
Squadron Leader Lane-Ferris
Felix Basch ...
Hermann Brahms
Ilka Grüning ...
Frau Brahms (as Ilka Gruning)
Elsa Bassermann ...
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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Fugitivos del infierno  »

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Goofs

Early in the movie as the crew is going through their pre-flight checklist the pilot tells the co-pilot to start the port outboard engine. The scene shifts to see the starboard inboard engine being started. See more »

Quotes

Flight Lieutenant Terrence Forbes: [Last lines] Now for Australia and a crack at those Japs!
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Desperate Journey
2 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just love this picture. It was the first movie I ever saw and I keep coming back to it because it's pure escapism. Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan were never better than in this World War II saga of Royal Air Forcers downed behind enemy lines. They escape Nazi capture and take the audience on a rousing adventure as they make a high spirited bid to reach home. Never a dull moment, this is an obvious precursor to the Indiana Jones films. Raymond Massey is pure evil as the Nazi commandant who relentlessly pursues the fliers. Arthur Kennedy and Alan Hale provide able support and welcome humor as RAF comrades sharing in the robust flight across Germany. Not to be missed!


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