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Arthur T. Horman (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 September 1942 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Man alive, just picture this excitement! See more »
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
good fun See more (35 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 screenplay)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Jack Saper .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
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)
 
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
 
Special Effects by
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects (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
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


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture) (presents)
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Runtime:
107 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 times including his two previous features, "Juke Girl" and "Kings Row."See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In at least one shot of the bomber in flight, the strings holding up the model are plainly visible.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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shadows (1959)See more »
Soundtrack:
God Save the King!See more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
good fun, 27 March 2009
Author: blanche-2 from United States

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.

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