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Night Train to Munich (1940)

Not Rated | | Thriller , War | 29 December 1940 (USA)
When Germany invades Czechoslovakia, the German and the British intelligence services try to capture Czech scientist Axel Bomasch, 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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Cast

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. 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

When the Germans march into Prague, armour-plating inventor Dr Bomasch flees to England. His daughter Anna escapes from arrest to join him, but the Gestapo manage to kidnap them both back to Berlin. As war looms, British secret service agent Gus Bennet 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

29 December 1940 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Full Range Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The small, uncredited role of a sailor speaking Esperanto was Academy Award winning actor Hugh Griffith's first role on film. See more »

Goofs

While on the train Randall refers to the English / British being led by Churchill. The film is set in September 1939 when the Prime Minister was Neville Chamberlain. At the time Winston Churchill was merely a back-bench MP until the 3rd Sept when he was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty and given a seat on the War Cabinet; he would not become Prime Minister until May 1940. See more »

Quotes

Soldier: If there's more than one major on the train, how are we to know which one to arrest ?
Gestapo Officer: Our man has a Gestapo officer watching him.
Soldier: Hmpf. Who has not these days ?
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Only Love Can Lead the Way
(uncredited)
Written by Harry M. Woods
Performed by Rex Harrison
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Entertaining Hitchcock-Like Suspense
13 June 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

"Night Train to Munich" is a rather conscious attempt by director Carol Reed to imitate the style of Alfred Hitchcock, and it succeeds much better than do most such movies. It is an entertaining blend of suspense and humor, with a good cast and some enjoyable scenes.

Margaret Lockwood stars as the daughter of a Czech scientist pursued by the Nazis. She escapes their clutches once, but is again captured, and a British spy (Rex Harrison) has to go undercover to try to save her and her father. Lockwood and Harrison are joined by Paul Henreid, and also by Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne, who had appeared with Lockwood in Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes" and appear here playing the same humorous pair of English travelers.

There are a lot of action sequences and a couple of good twists, with the crucial action taking place on a train. It's all done nicely, with an exciting finale as well. Some parts of it may be rather implausible, but the same could have been said of a few of Hitchcock's films, and this is only slightly less polished than his are. "Night Train to Munich" is quite entertaining in its own right, and is definitely worth seeing.


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