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Arthur T. Horman (original screen play by)
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Release Date:
26 September 1942 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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(5 articles)
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Lighthearted war action on the Warners lot. See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... Flight Lt. Terrence Forbes

Ronald Reagan ... Flying Officer Johnny Hammond
Nancy Coleman ... Kaethe Brahms

Raymond Massey ... Major Otto Baumeister

Alan Hale ... Flight Sergeant Kirk Edwards

Arthur Kennedy ... Flying Officer Jed Forrest

Ronald Sinclair ... 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
Rudolph Anders ... Kruse (as Robert O. Davis)

Henry Victor ... Heinrich Schwarzmueller
Bruce Lester ... English Officer
Lester Matthews ... Wing Commander
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Alten ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Louis V. Arco ... Feldwebel (Sgt.) Gertz (uncredited)

John Banner ... Conductor on Empty Troop Train (uncredited)
Barry Bernard ... Squadron Commander (uncredited)
Walter Bonn ... Sentry (uncredited)
Sven Hugo Borg ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Walter Brooke ... Flight Sgt. Warwick (uncredited)
Harold Daniels ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Helmut Dantine ... German Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Carl Ekberg ... Telephone Repairman (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ... Post Sentry (uncredited)
Arno Frey ... Pvt. Trocha (uncredited)
Eugene Gericke ... Polish Saboteur (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann ... German Sergeant (uncredited)
Henry Guttman ... German Soldier (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... German Soldier Shooting at Lockheed Plane (uncredited)
Carl Harbaugh ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Ludwig Hardt ... Pharmacist (uncredited)
James Harker ... Pilot (uncredited)

William Hopper ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Kurt Katch ... Hesse (uncredited)

Harry Lewis ... Evans (uncredited)
Rolf Lindau ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Jack Lomas ... Magnus (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Decoder (uncredited)
Peter Michael ... German Gunner (uncredited)
Ray Miller ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Rudolf Myzet ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Pat O'Hara ... Plotting Officer (uncredited)
Don Phillips ... Kenton (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... Pvt. Koenig (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... German Fighter Pilot (uncredited)

Richard Ryen ... Staadtpoliceman Heinze (uncredited)
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... Sentry (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Driver (uncredited)
Rudolf Steinboeck ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Sigfrid Tor ... Pvt. Rasek (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Strolling German Soldier (uncredited)

Roland Varno ... Unteroffizier (uncredited)
Ernö Verebes ... German Sergeant (uncredited)
Frederick Vogeding ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Gate Sentry (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Douglas Walton ... British Officer Playing Dice (uncredited)
Rex Williams ... Sgt. Tause (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Victor Zimmerman ... Capt. Eggerstedt (uncredited)

Directed by
Raoul Walsh 
 
Writing credits
Arthur T. Horman (original screen play by)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Jack Saper .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Rudi Fehr (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Carl Jules Weyl 
 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns by)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Archer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound by
 
Special Effects by
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects by (as Edwin A. DuPar)
Byron Haskin .... special effects (uncredited)
Nathan Levinson .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Duke Green .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
Buster Wiles .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Woody .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements by
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Owen Cathcart-Jones .... technical advisor: R.A.F. sequences (as Squadron Leader O. Cathcart-Jones R.C.A.F.)
Hugh MacMullan .... dialogue director
 
Crew verified as complete


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  • Warner Bros. (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture) (presents)
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107 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)
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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 teams including his two previous features, "Juke Girl" and "Kings Row."See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: At the end of the film as the plane is taking off two cars, a small white sedan and a black one immediately behind it, can be seen buzzing down the highway adjacent to the end of the runway.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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Referenced in Shadows (1959)See more »
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Waltzing MatildaSee more »

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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Lighthearted war action on the Warners lot., 10 June 2004
Author: Robert J. Maxwell (rmax304823@yahoo.com) from Deming, New Mexico, USA

Flynn's last line in the movie sums up the tenor of the entire piece, "Now for Australia and a crack at those Japs." A bomber crew on a heroic mission is shot down and make their way from Poland, through Germany and Holland, to England, losing a few of their members enroute, but nothing compared to the slaughter and destruction the wisecracking warriors wreak on the Germans.

Let's see. Dispensing with the crew members who die early on, there is a British flight sergeant whose role is to be the plucky but inexperienced youngster who is wounded and holds the others back, although he urges them to leave him behind and save themselves. Then there is Alan Hale as the comic old cook, more or less transposed from the USS Copperfin in "Destination Tokyo." Then there is Arthur Kennedy as the serious Canadian accountant who objects to the playful way the others make war on the Nazis. He mistakenly thinks war is a serious business, but he comes around in the end. There is Errol Flynn, the only officer, and an Australian, who organizes one adventure after another and speaks German. (Somebody has to speak German.) Ronald Reagan is the American from Jersey City. He is Flynn's sidekick.

The Germans aren't so well differentiated but they're just as stereotyped. Raymond Massy is the monocled Herr Major who pursues them for personal reasons across half of Europe. Sig Rumann provides the best comic interlude. As a railroad policeman he discovers our gang making themselves at home in Gorings private car. He sarcastically tells them in German that he's happy to see that they've made themselves at home in the Reichsmarshall's quarters and asks them if there is anything he can do for them -- "Do you think the cigarettes are good enough for you?" Alan Hale completely mistakes Rumann's sarcasm and comes back with a jolly, "Oh, ja, ja," until Rumann spits on Hale's outstretched hand and throws them all off the train.

Boy, this movie is packed with action. Badabing, badaboom! Trains, planes, and automobiles -- one chase after another. Flynn setting his cap firmly on his head before diving through a window. Most of the movie was shot on Warner's lot, but there is some nice location shooting too at what I take to be the flats around South San Francisco Bay. Prop up a few fake windmills on the horizon and you have Holland. (You can see the same flats substituting for the Japanese coast in "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo," or nearby ones on the Sacramento River posing as a ships' graveyard in "Blood Alley.")

The story isn't really worth going into. It isn't quite as focused as some other war movies in that there is no single mission to which the group must devote themselves. Instead they improvise a lot. But you can hardly notice it because the pace is so fast. Good old Raoul Walsh. Flynn got along a lot better with Walsh than he did with Michael Curtiz. Both were demanding directors but Walsh was more nearly human, stipulating only that Flynn's drinking wouldn't begin until five in the afternoon.

And Max Steiner, the composer, should get a medal. How can he possibly have ground out so many scores for so many different movies in so short a time? Did he ever sleep? He doesn't give this one a memorable theme as he did with "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," but still there's hardly a moment that the orchestra is not banging away behind the action. One thing you do when you're pressed for time is to incorporate traditional tunes into the score, substituting them for original music. I was able to catch snatches of "My Country 'Tis of Thee" (or, I guess, "God Save the King," in this context), "Du, Du, Liegst mir Im Herzen," "Deutschland Uber Alles" (or the hymn it comes from), "British Grenadiers," "Rule Brittania," and "Ich Hatt Einen Kameraden."

No comments on acting are required. If you're in the mood for being diverted, "Desperate Journey" ought to get the job done. It's unpretentious propagandistic fun.

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