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Subway in the Sky (1959)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | November 1959 (USA)
A military doctor in Berlin is falsely accused of illegal dealing in drugs. Determined to prove his innocence, he escapes from the MPs and ends up holding up in the apartment, rented by his... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Baxter Grant
Lilli Hoffman (as Hildegarde Neff)
Katherine Kath ...
Anna Grant
Vivian Matalon ...
Stefan Grant
Carl Jaffe ...
German Detective
Chuck Keyser ...
Sgt. Harwell
Gaylord Cavallaro ...
Switchboard Operator (as Gaylord Cavallero)
E. Kerrigan Prescott ...
Sentry (as Kerrigan Prescott)
James Maxwell ...
Gerda Larsen ...
Air Stewardess
Tom Watson ...


A military doctor in Berlin is falsely accused of illegal dealing in drugs. Determined to prove his innocence, he escapes from the MPs and ends up holding up in the apartment, rented by his wife. He doesn't know, that she has sublet the flat to a nightclub singer. When he finds out, he begs the singer to assist him. She likes him and agrees. The doctor thinks, that his wife is behind the illegal dealings. Written by Anonymous

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CHASE of the Century! SUSPENSE of a Lifetime!


Crime | Drama


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November 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Chave Secreta (Um Homem na Escuridão)  »

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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the names, characters or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »


Version of Theatre Night: Subway in the Sky (1957) See more »


Love Isn't Love
Music by Jeff Davis
Lyrics by Geoffrey Parsons
Sung by Hildegard Knef (uncredited)
Arranged and conducted by Johnny Gregory
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Good story, nicely made
22 December 2006 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Editor: Mr Harvey's somewhat over-the-top negative review of SUBWAY IN THE SKY may keep viewers away from what was a modestly made yet enjoyable story. Having just seen the picture for the first time yesterday I can honestly say that I was surprised how interesting it was. It kept the viewer firmly in his seat and was well acted by most of the performers. Van Johnson was playing a part unusual for him and he did it well while Hildegard Neff was fascinating to watch. The film was well edited and nicely photographed within the constraints of what was, of course, a filmed play.

While I agree that Muriel Box and her writers could have made it more cinematic by opening up the play more I cannot fault her for having told a good story. Mr Harvey's lambasting the film for poor writing and ineptitude is inexplicable considering what I saw on the screen. If you're in the mood for a tight, simple and cozy thriller some evening, catch it when it's on TV...and have a good supply of popcorn handy.

I would recommend the film to anyone who enjoys a briskly told story.

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