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Berlin Express (1948)

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A multinational group of train passengers become involved in a post-World War II Nazi assassination plot.



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Complete credited cast:
Charles Korvin ...
Robert Coote ...
Reinhold Schünzel ...
Walther (as Reinhold Schunzel)
Roman Toporow ...
Lt. Maxim Kiroshilov
Peter von Zerneck ...
Hans Schmidt (as Peter Von Zerneck)
Otto Waldis ...
Fritz Kortner ...
Michael Harvey ...
Sgt. Barnes
Major (as Richard Powers)


In divided Germany just after WWII, people from many different countries are passengers on a train. When one of the passengers, a German working for peace, is kidnapped by people who don't want his ideas to work, the others must set aside their differences and work together to find him in time for an important conference. Written by Ken Yousten <>

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Trapped on a Train of Terror!


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1 May 1948 (USA)  »

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Reinhold Schünzel, who plays Professor Walther in the film, was the director of the original 1933 German stage comedy Viktor and Viktoria (1933), which Blake Edwards later adapted as Victor/Victoria (1995), a vehicle for his wife Julie Andrews. Reinhold also appeared in the original Georg Wilhelm Pabst film of L'opéra de quat'sous (1931) with Lotte Lenya. See more »


The narration for the final scene says the train arrived at Wannsee, in the far west of Berlin. But the scene shows then driving from the east, down Unter Den Linden and into West Berlin. The British and American then ask passing jeeps for lifts to their respective bases which they would have driven past on the way from Wannsee, whilst the Russian turns around and drives back under the Brandenburg Gate into East Berlin. See more »


Narrator: [voiceover] That's right - the dove of peace was a pigeon. A dead pigeon.
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During the opening credits, a title card states that the photography of Berlin and Frankfurt is used with the cooperation of the occupying armies. See more »

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interesting view of post-war Germany
3 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is most notable as a historical document giving a glimpse of Germany after the war. The location shots in bombed out Frankfurt and Berlin are rather startling, and it's interesting to see the hatred and mistrust everyone has for the Germans. The movie is shot very well and the early scenes are excellent.

Unfortunately the script is weak. Towards the end I realized that I just wasn't clear on why things were happening as they were. It felt like the plot was just a backdrop to the ambiance, which was fine in the beginning but became a problem as the plot moved its wobbly self to center stage. I can't entirely blame the script though; I think Tourneur's greatest failing as a director is that while he had a lot of style and could always make things interesting, he could be sloppy in terms of telling a story. Of course he wasn't the only director who believed you could gloss over a lot if you just kept things moving, but that works better with a good muddled script like The Big Sleep rather than the distinctly ordinary but muddled script he worked with here. Still worth seeing though.

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