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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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Cast

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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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Storyline

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

Over the fresh grave of Flight Officer Lloyd Hollis (Ronald Sinclair); Flight Lt. Terrence Forbes (Erroll Flynn) recites a line of poetry "If some corner of a foreign field...that is forever England." The poem it refers to is "The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke (1887 - 1915):

If I should die, think only this of me; That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, 5 Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body of England's breathing English air, Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away, A pulse in the eternal mind, no less Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given; Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness, In hearts at peace, under an English heaven. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film where the three escapees board the captured British plane, they are attacked by the Germans. Flynn enters the gun turret, rotates it to sight the enemy then opens fire. When Reagan pulls his injured mate into the plane and closes the door, he relieves Flynn who goes forward to start the engines and fly out. Before this happens, Reagan again rotates the turret and fires on the Germans. Rotating the turret and firing the guns was worked by hydraulics which were only operable with the planes engines running. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Otto Baumeister: Your name is?
Flying Officer Johnny Hammond: Johnny Hammond. What's yours?
Maj. Otto Baumeister: Major Otto Bau... you will find that in your position impertinence does not pay.
Flying Officer Johnny Hammond: I didn't join up in this war to make money.
Maj. Otto Baumeister: You are an American?
Flying Officer Johnny Hammond: Half American, half Jersey City.
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Connections

Referenced in Five Came Back: Combat Zones (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Variations often in the score
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Desperate Journey-Wonderful Fanfare ****
27 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With Errol Flynn, Nancy Coleman, Ronald Reagan, Alan Hale and Arthur Kennedy in a picture, how bad can it be? Not at all. "Desperate Journey" is an exciting fast paced film about American and British soldiers inside Nazi Germany after their bombing plane crashes.

There is plenty of excitement as they try to evade their captors, the head being a very German-like Raymond Massey in another of his stellar performances. Alan Hale and Sig Ruman, the latter in one scene, bring comic relief.

Of course, there is the cliché speech of Nancy Coleman, a German helping the allies, who stays despite the fact that the Nazis know her whereabouts. Her speech about patriotism is familiar but keenly on target.

We have exciting chase scenes, and wonderful sabotage by our heroes inflicted upon Massey and his group of vultures.

A wonderful war-time journey that should be viewed by all.


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