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Night Train to Munich (1940)

Not Rated | | Thriller, War | 29 December 1940 (USA)
After Germany invades Czechoslovakia, the German and the British intelligence services try to capture Czech scientist Dr. Axel Bomasch (James Harcourt), inventor of a new type of armor-plating.

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Gordon Wellesley (based on an original story by), Sidney Gilliat (screenplay) (as Sydney Gilliat) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Lockwood ... Anna Bomasch
Rex Harrison ... Dickie Randall a.k.a. Gus Bennett
Paul Henreid ... Karl Marsen (as Paul von Hernried)
Basil Radford ... Charters
Naunton Wayne ... Caldicott
James Harcourt James Harcourt ... Axel Bomasch
Felix Aylmer ... Dr. John Fredericks
Wyndham Goldie Wyndham Goldie ... Dryton
Roland Culver ... Roberts
Eliot Makeham ... Schwab
Raymond Huntley ... Kampenfeldt
Austin Trevor ... Capt. Prada (as Austen Trevor)
Kenneth Kent Kenneth Kent ... Controller (as Keneth Kent)
C.V. France ... Admiral Hassinger
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Gestapo Officer (as Fritz Valk)
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Storyline

After the Germans march into Prague, Czechoslovakia, armor-plating inventor Dr. Axel Bomasch (James Harcourt) flees to England. His daughter Anna (Margaret Lockwood) escapes from arrest to join him, but the Gestapo manages to kidnap them both back to Berlin. As war looms, British Secret Service Agent Gus Bennett (Sir Rex Harrison) follows, disguised as a senior German Army officer. His ploy is the not unpleasant one of pretending to woo Anna to the German cause. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Trivia

Roland Culver, Frederick Valk, Basil Radford, and Naunton Wayne appeared in Dead of Night (1945). See more »

Goofs

Just after Anna meets up with her father, around 25m into the movie, there is a lone shot of a Nazi flag waving with a "swastika" in the center with the normal 45° turn. The swastika, however, is incorrect as it is geometrically clockwise/left-facing and a Nazi swastika is drawn counterclockwise/right-facing. The film has been flipped/reversed, probably intentionally. See more »

Quotes

Kampenfeldt: It's been reported to me that you've been heard experessing sentiments hostile to the fatherland!
Schwab: What - me, sir?
Kampenfeldt: I warn you, Schwab, this treasonable conduct will lead you to a concentration camp.
Schwab: But, sir, what did I say?
Kampenfeldt: You were distinctly heard to remark,
[sarcastic]
Kampenfeldt: "This is a fine country to live in."
Schwab: Oh no, sir. There's some mistake. What I said was,
[upbeat]
Schwab: "This is a FINE country to live in!"
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Paul Henreid is listed as Paul von Hernried in the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Where Eagles Dare (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Das Lied der Deutschen
(uncredited)
aka "Deutschland über Alles"
Music by Joseph Haydn
Variations played throughout
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An exciting precursor to James Bond himself.
4 March 2004 | by cmertanSee all my reviews

Carol Reed's wonderful and interesting style of suspenseful film (seen in all its glory in 'The Third Man') is evident in this early spy flick. Rex Reed is an OSS operative who must journey deep into the heart of the Third Reich to rescue an important scientist before the Nazis can make full use of him. The characters are not just two-dimensional although they may seem that way; they use every trick and opportunity to get through their sticky situation. The sudden appearance of two of the characters from Hitchcock's 'The Lady Vanishes' is a real treat, too!

The story itself is very intricate, with crosses and double-crosses and random occurances causing problems in our hero's way. The film is successfully able to weave genius storytelling, great acting, and effective cinematography to make it an intriguing spy film that is surely ahead of its time! And the finale is certainly an indicator of what the James Bond films would bring us years later.

Even though it was filmed in the beginning of WWII, it is not a stereotypical, or dull, film. A must-see!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

29 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Train See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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