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Desperate Journey (1942)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 26 September 1942 (USA)
When the crew of a downed British bomber escape from their Nazi captors with Top Secret intelligence, they make a desperate journey to get out of Germany alive.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writer:

Arthur T. Horman (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Errol Flynn ... Flight Lt. Terrence Forbes
Ronald Reagan ... Flying Officer Johnny Hammond
Nancy Coleman ... Kaethe Brahms
Raymond Massey ... Major Otto Baumeister
Alan Hale ... Flight Sergeant Kirk Edwards
Arthur Kennedy ... Flying Officer Jed Forrest
Ronald Sinclair ... Flight Sergeant Lloyd Hollis
Albert Bassermann ... Dr. Mather (as Albert Basserman)
Sig Ruman ... Preuss
Patrick O'Moore ... Squadron Leader Lane-Ferris
Felix Basch Felix Basch ... Hermann Brahms
Ilka Grüning ... Frau Brahms (as Ilka Gruning)
Elsa Bassermann ... Frau Raeder (as Else Basserman)
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Captain Coswick
Richard Fraser ... Squadron Leader Clark
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Storyline

When Flight Lt Forbes and his crew are shot down after bombing their target, they discover valuable information, about a hidden German aircraft factory, that must get back to England. In their way across Germany, they try and cause as much damage as possible. Then with the chasing Germans about to pounce, they come up with an ingenious plan to escape. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Man alive, just picture this excitement! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

26 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forced Landing See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,209,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,029,000, 31 December 1942

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,980,000, 31 December 1942
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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The pigeon shown supposedly flying over the Channel is clearly not making any headway. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Otto Baumeister: We have decent instincts, but we have also an iron fist!
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Soundtracks

Waltzing Matilda
(1895) (uncredited)
Original music by Christina Macpherson (1895)
(Based on the Scottish tune "Craigielee", music by James Barr, with words by Robert Tannahill)
Revised music by Marie Cowan (1903)
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson (1895)
Partially sung a cappella by Errol Flynn
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Action-packed Warner Bros hokum
17 May 1999 | by ShotsySee all my reviews

This is probably the silliest WW2 film made during the war. But if you dismiss that fact, you find yourself enjoying a well-made piece of Hollywood escapism. Everyone in the cast seems to enjoy themselves. Walsh's direction is good and Max Steiner provides a really exciting and stirring score. So who's quibbling?


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