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After being charged with the murder of a scientist, a young doctor must track down a Nazi spy ring to clear his name.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Geoffrey Burton
Pat Lindsey
Albert Bassermann ...
Dr. Storm
Prof. Langner
Edward Gargan ...
Officer Charlie Prescott
Adrian Morris ...
Officer John Prescott
George Taylor
Walter Kingsford ...
Cy Kendall ...
Nestor Paiva ...
Oscar O'Shea ...
Pa Prescott
Mary Gordon ...
Ma Prescott
Arthur Loft ...
Inspector Karns
Marion Martin ...
Blond Nurse
Train Station Watchman


After being charged with the murder of a scientist, a young doctor must track down a Nazi spy ring to clear his name.

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Release Date:

19 January 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flykt i natten  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Excellent Thriller by Robert Siodmak
20 November 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Director Robert Siodmak did an excellent job with this B thriller, which has some unusual plot twists and ideas in it. Richard Carlson is the lead, and he is extremely well-cast as an innocent and well-meaning bystander who becomes involved in complex intrigues which have nothing to do with him, gets accused of a murder he did not commit, and goes on the run to save his name. He meets the insouciant and charming Nancy Kelly, makes her help him at gunpoint, and they end up being forced to get married by a justice of the peace in order to avoid being killed by some heavies waiting outside with guns, which is certainly a new twist in story lines! The story concerns a new military invention called 'G-32', the secret of which the baddies want to steal. The film opens with the inventor's assistant escaping from a madhouse, where he has been incarcerated by the baddies, though we don't know at first that the man is not really a maniac on the run. He doesn't last long, but before he dies he has compromised poor Richard Carlson and enmeshed him in a web of plotting, spying, and murder. There is an amazing series of scenes where Carlson and Kelly leap from a speeding car onto an auto-carrier, catch a free ride, and then later unfasten the car and reverse it down the ramp while in motion on a highway, and escape in it. Those interested in stunts will be all agog at watching this. The film is good viewing and should be more widely available.

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