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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 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

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, 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

29 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Train See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Full Range Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Considering the early release date of this movie, August 1940 in the U.K., and December 1940 in the U.S., there are many remarkable depictions of the onerous nature of the Nazi system, something not fully appreciated even by U.K. audiences. The U.K. had bent over backward to accommodate Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s, which involved a lot of wishful thinking, and the war had only come to serious blows a few months earlier with the debacle in France and the following aerial Battle of Britain, which was still well underway when this movie was released. The U.S. would not enter the war for a full year after the December release date. The following remarkable piece of dialogue follows the meeting of the Gestapo spy (Paul Henreid) with his English contact, "I see that fellow Ribbentrop's (German foreign minister) going to Moscow!" "Hmm - so did Napoleon!" At the time of release, Germany and the U.S.S.R. had a mutual non-aggression pact and were in the process of dividing Poland between them. The actual invasion of the Soviet Union was nearly a year in the future. This reference is to Ribbentrop's trip to Moscow to negotiate that non-aggression pact. See more »

Goofs

When Dickie and Anna come downstairs in the hotel elevator, the shadow of the elevator platform is moving down, but the shadows of the people inside the elevator are standing still. See more »

Quotes

Caldicott: [Looking through papers in stationmaster's office] It's all in German.
Charters: [to telephone operator] What ? Well, how long then ? Oh, alright.
[to Caldicott]
Charters: Blasted junction's engaged by the military. They'll call me back.
Caldicott: These people seem to have no idea of business as usual.
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Crazy Credits

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


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It's True
(uncredited)
Written by Harry M. Woods
Performed by Rex Harrison
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Carol Reed has created a classic in the same mould as Hitchcock's ‘Lady Vanishes'
22 July 2001 | by MIKE-WILSON6See all my reviews

A wonderful spy thriller, has Margaret Lockwood as Anna

Bomasch, the daughter of a Czech scientist, who is whisked off to England for safety, when the

Germans invade. Lockwood is imprisoned in a concentration

camp. Later she meets up with Karl Marsen (Paul Henreid ) and

they engineer an escape together and meet up with her father in

England. When the Germans recapture them, Gus Bennett (Rex

Harrison a M.I.5. agent) is assigned to bring them back. Lockwood and Harrison spark off each other wonderfully well, and

in a small role is Irene Handl, but the film is almost stolen by Basil

Radford, and Naunton Wayne, as the two cricket loving Englishmen, who were such a big hit in Hitchcock's ‘Lady

Vanishes'. After seeing this film for the umpteenth time, it is every bit as good

as ‘Lady Vanishes' and well worth recommending.


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