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Berlin Express (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 May 1948 (USA)
A multinational group of train passengers become involved in a post-World War II Nazi assassination plot.

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Reinhold Schünzel ...
Walther (as Reinhold Schunzel)
Roman Toporow ...
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Hans Schmidt (as Peter Von Zerneck)
Otto Waldis ...
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Fritz Kortner ...
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Michael Harvey ...
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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 <kyousten@bev.net>

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Trivia

Although Hollywood Reporter reported in mid-October 1947 that Charles O'Curran was to stage a dance routine for the beer hall sequence, no routine was seen in the viewed print and O'Curran is not credited on screen. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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Great little sleeper
5 April 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

'Berlin Express' may not have much of a reputation, but it's one of Jacques Tourneur's best thrillers. Virtually none of it takes place on the Berlin Express, with the majority of the film shot on location in the awe-inspiring ruins of an almost totally destroyed post-war Frankfurt where Robert Ryan teams up with an Allies-in-microcosm group of companions including unflatteringly shot Frenchwoman Merle Oberon (sporting the film's worst accent by far) and Brit Robert Coote (who thankfully doesn't even attempt a Liverpool accent) to find Paul Lukas' kidnapped politician and save him from die-hard Nazi fanatics. Great moments abound, from the Paris opening where a carrier pigeon is shot, then nearly given a formal burial in the shadow of Montmatre's Sacre Couer by children before reaching maman's kitchen table to reveal a coded message, to Robert Ryan literally finding himself trapped in a barrel in bombed out brewery.

Great production line entertainment that demonstrates just how good studio product could be when you got the formula right, this is a trip well worth taking. The French DVD from Editions Montparnasse boasts a very good good transfer and removable French subtitles.


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