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Desperate Journey (1942)

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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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Flight Lt. Terrence 'Terry' Forbes
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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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26 September 1942 (USA)  »

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Fugitivos del infierno  »

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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 teams including his two previous features, "Juke Girl" and "Kings Row." See more »

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When escaping from the office, Errol Flynn's character stuffs the same bundle of documents into his coat twice, once in a medium shot, and again in the wide shot. See more »

Quotes

Flight Lieutenant Terrence Forbes: Any luck?
Flight Sergeant Kirk Edwards: There is no food left in Germany! I went through three farmhouses. Nobody lived there. They hadn't left a crumb. I even met a rat in a closet eating its heart out.
Flight Lieutenant Terrence Forbes: Who was it? Goebbels?
Flight Sergeant Kirk Edwards: It couldn't have been if it had a heart.
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God Save the King!
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Music attributed to Henry Carey
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good fun
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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