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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The only occasion where a US President was ever photographed wearing an enemy uniform. See more »

Goofs

When Hammond drops the bomb from the captured German plane near the end, he tells Forbes that he unloaded it on the battery of guns that had been pasting Dover. In fact, it's obvious that the target shown being blown up consists of wooden buildings, but definitely not gun batteries. See more »

Quotes

Flying Officer Johnny Hammond: Come on, you big pickle-puss. Just give me one chance to kick you right in the middle of your goose-step!
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Connections

Referenced in Shadows (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Variations often in the score
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good fun
27 March 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Errol Flynn, Alan Hale, Ronald Reagan, Arthur Kennedy, and Ronald Sinclair are on a "Desperate Journey" in this 1942 wartime film directed by Raoul Walsh. The film also stars Raymond Massey as a German commandant and Nancy Coleman as a member of the underground.

Flynn and his pals crash land in Germany and attempt to fulfill their mission plus destroy other enemy sites and enemies as they make their way to safety.

For guys trapped in an enemy country, arrested at one point, and in constant danger, they're a pretty lighthearted bunch. They're also amazing at getting out of tight spots.

While it's not particularly realistic, "Desperate Journey" is very entertaining with non-stop action all the way, a charming performance by that prince of charm, Errol Flynn, and good support. People are terrible about Ronald Reagan's acting - he didn't have much range, but he was pleasant enough and very good for a role in this kind of film.

One interesting thing is that I didn't understand any of the German, which I usually do, so I wondered if it was a dialect. As usual, the actors used the formal instead of the familiar tense, which I doubt officers did when speaking to soldiers. In one part of the movie, a German is asked if he speaks English, and he answers, "I speak as if I was in London born," which is exactly the way the German language is spoken, with the verb at the end. So someone knew what they were doing.

Recommended.


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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)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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