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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Berlin-Express  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Merle Oberon was married to the cinematographer of the film, Oklahoma-born Lucien Ballard, at the time "Berlin Express" was made. 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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good thriller, unbeatable location shots and cinematography
4 November 2002 | by (santa cruz, ca) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie recently on TCM and liked it. I thought the plot was good, as was the acting. I couldn't believe that the secretary was Merle Oberon, I hardly recognized her, and I think that is a testament to how good an acting job she did. Some of the lines seemed stilted and staged, particularly toward the end, but given the time period when the movie was filmed, not at all surprising. There was a good mix of characters, but the real star of the film is the location: there are wonderful shots of Berlin and Frankfurt right after the war, and the devastation around the characters adds a powerful unspoken dimension to the film.

For anyone who enjoyed this movie, I would also highly recommend "Decision Before Dawn," also filmed on location in postwar Europe, which starred Richard Basehart, Oskar Werner and a whole host of other fabulous character actors, including Hildegard Kneff.

It is irksome, but neither Berlin Express nor Decision Before Dawn seem to be available on Video or DVD, which is a real shame. So, watch your TV listings for these two.

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